Netflix: 'We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out'
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Netflix is acknowledging the "deep hurt" it's caused its transgender employees ahead of a planned walkout at the company in protest of Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special.

"We value our trans colleagues and allies, and understand the deep hurt that’s been caused,” a Netflix spokesperson told ITK in a Wednesday statement.

“We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out, and recognize we have much more work to do both within Netflix and in our content,” the spokesperson said.


The statement came just hours before a walkout at the media giant's Los Angeles headquarters was poised to take place, following a fierce backlash to the Chappelle special.

In "The Closer," which premiered earlier this month, Chappelle repeatedly mocked the transgender community, defended J.K. Rowling against critics calling the "Harry Potter" author transphobic and used crude terms to refer to a transgender person's anatomy.

Controversy erupted once again after Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos responded to critics in a pair of memos defending the special. In one, the Netflix exec said, "While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm."

Sarandos later said he "screwed up" in how he handled the uproar within the company and should've "made sure to recognize that a group of our employees was hurting very badly from the decision made."

Activist Ashlee Marie Preston said earlier this week that Netflix employees planned on giving Sarandos "firm asks/demands" at what they're dubbing the "Stand Up in Solidarity" walkout.

Preston said a day before the planned walkout that the event had to be moved to a nearby location due to "overwhelming response."