The controversy generated by the controversial The Closer, a comedy special by Dave Chappelle available on Netflix, has not yet been exhausted, even reaching the world of video games.
Chappelle, an American actor, screenwriter and comedian born in Washington DC and artistically raised in New York City, has attracted a lot of criticism for some lines he uttered in his latest comic special, judged transphobic. Among other things, he sided with “Team TERF” (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists), which is a feminist movement that refuses to consider trans women as real women.
The most critics (including several Netflix employees) believe that Chappelle’s thinking can influence public opinion in a very negative way on such delicate and important issues, thus fostering hatred and violence against groups of people already marginalized. However, one of the staunchest defenders of the comedian is Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix, who in an official statement made it known that Netflix “firmly believes that on-screen content does not directly translate into episodes of violence in the world. real”.
To reinforce his opinion, Sarandos even brought up violent video games. The Netflix boss pointed out that despite the rise in the rate of violence in the gaming world, crimes in many countries have decreased. In other words, the fact that violent video games over the past few decades have co-existed with falling crime rates would prove that the Netflix show can’t do any harm in the real world. “Adults can watch violence and abuse – or enjoy shocking stand-up comedies – without harming others,” he said.
What do you think of Sarandos’ words? Meanwhile, a group of Netflix transsexual employees staged a protest march, scheduled for Wednesday, October 20.