In an extensive interview published today in the New York Times, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos expressed support for his pre-artistic defense of artistic freedom, comedian Dave Chappell and Ricky Garvey.
Both comics are discussed in some quarters for the digging felt towards the hijras. The controversy prompted some Netflix employees to protest the earlier walk-out.
In an interview with Maureen Dowd, Sarandos said he was surprised by the response, but did not hesitate to support Chappell. He added that the only way for comedians to understand what is acceptable is to “cross the line at once. I think it’s very important for American culture to have a generally independent opinion.”
“We’re programming for a lot of diverse people who have different opinions and different tastes and different styles, and yet we’re not creating everything for everyone. We want something for everyone, but not everything will be for everyone. “
Chapel support “was not that difficult. And you rarely get a chance to test your policies, “he said. “It simply came to our notice then. No one will say that what he does is not thoughtful or smart. You just don’t agree with him. “
A few days after the attack on the chapel on the Hollywood Bowl stage during the “Netflix is a Joke Festival”, Netflix has released a new corporate culture memo. The summary suggests, “If you find it difficult to support the expansion of our content, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”
That line of sand was celebrated by the Conservatives, which surprised Sarandos. “It was a very generous issue, so it’s an interesting time we’re living.”
He added, “I’ve always said that if we censor the United States, how are we going to protect our content in the Middle East?”
Sarandos did not dive deeper into the controversy surrounding Netflix’s Ricky Gervais comedy special. Similar outrage was voiced for his perceived anti-transgender stance.
Sarandos said his comments about the chapel apply to Gervais.