A Netflix employee who was suspended after calling out Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special for transphobic jokes says she's been reinstated, and the streaming giant denies the suspension was related to any criticism.
Terra Field, a senior Netflix software engineer who is transgender, said Tuesday that she felt "vindicated" after having the suspension lifted. Field was one of three Netflix employees who were said to have been suspended last week for attending a meeting among company leaders that they weren't invited to, a source close to the situation told ITK.
Netflix has reinstated me after finding that there was no ill-intent in my attending the QBR meeting. I've included the statement I requested below.— Terra Field (@RainofTerra) October 13, 2021
I'm going to take a few days off to decompress and try to figure out where I'm at. At the very least, I feel vindicated. pic.twitter.com/lYxemYgRkJ
A Netflix spokesperson said that it was "absolutely untrue" that Field's suspension stemmed from critical tweets she posted about her employer following the release of Chappelle's controversial stand-up special "The Closer."
Using crude terms to refer to a transgender person's anatomy, Chappelle says in the special that debuted earlier this month, "Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact."
Field joined a chorus of critics — including GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition — slamming "The Closer," writing on Twitter, "What we object to is the harm that content like this does to the trans community (especially trans people of color) and VERY specifically Black trans women."
A Netflix spokesperson told ITK following Field's tweets, "Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so." A rep for the company didn't immediately return comment on Wednesday about Field's statement on her suspension.
Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos had defended the special. In a memo sent last week, Sarandos said, "Several of you have also asked where we draw the line on hate. We don’t allow titles [on] Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe 'The Closer' crosses that line."