(PresidentialWire.com)- Ted Sarandos, the co-CEO of Netflix, has given in to the angry woke mob, saying he “screwed up” with how he defended comedian Dave Chappelle, who made controversial remarks in a stand-up comedy special that aired on Netflix.
Chappelle’s special, called “The Closer,” has received extremely high scores with audiences. It reached a 97% approval rating on the review website Rotten Tomatoes.
But, at the same time, the comedian raised a lot of eyebrows when he made jokes about the trans community. He defended comments made by author J.K. Rowling, and blasted the LGBT community for blasting a rapper over comments that rapper made.
Sarandos initially came out in defense of Chappelle, but after receiving backlash himself, he backtracked on those comments. In speaking with The Wall Street Journal recently, he said:
“What I should have led with in those emails was humanity. I should have recognized the fact that a group of our employees was really hurting.
“To be clear, storytelling has an impact in the real world … sometimes quite negative. We have articulated to our employees that there are going to be things you don’t like. There are going to be things that you might feel are harmful. But we are trying to entertain a world with varying tastes and varying sensibilities and various beliefs, and I think this special was consistent with that.”
What Sarandos was referring to was a memo he sent to employees after the initial public criticisms of Chappelle’s comedy special. In that memo, he wrote, in part:
“Some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do.
“Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him. His last special ‘Sticks & Stones,’ also controversial, is our most watched., stickiest and most award winning stand-up special to date. As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom – even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful, like ‘Cuties,’ ‘365 Days,’ ’13 Reasons Why’ or ‘My Unorthodox Life.’
“Several of you have also asked where we draw the line on hate. We don’t allow titles Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe The Closer crosses that line. I recognize, however, that distinguishing between commentary and harm is hard, especially with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries. Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean-spirited but our members enjoy it, and it’s an important part of our content offering.”
So, immediately following the initial backlash, Sarandos was steadfast in his belief that Netflix was right in airing the Chappelle special and also keeping it in their offerings for their subscribers to watch.
Then, of course, the woke mob attacked, and Sarandos cowered in fear.
As Bari Weiss, a liberal political commentator, wrote on Twitter after Sarandos backtracked:
“And so the caving commences.”