Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle was able to secure a Grammy award this past Sunday evening for the best comedy album stemming from “The Closer,” his Netflix original special, which sparked extreme anger from the leftists when it was first aired back in October of 2021.
This win for Chappelle highlights the fourth time he has secured a Grammy. however, he was not in attendance at the event in which he won the award.
Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy CEO, tried to put a stop to any possible backlash from the left-wing Twitter mob for Chappelle winning the Grammy by highlighting that viewers are not the ones responsible for picking the winners of each award.
“If the voters feel like a creator deserves a nomination, they’re going to vote for them,” he claimed. “We’re never going to be in the business of deciding someone’s moral position or where we evaluate them to be on the scale of morality. I think our job is to evaluate the art and the quality of the art. We can make sure that all of our spaces are safe and people don’t feel threatened by anyone. But as far as the nominations or the awards, we really let the voters make that decision.”
The Netflix show from Chappelle seemingly sent leftists and trans activists into a frothing spiral of rage to the point where one transgender employee at the company allegedly organized a walkout in protest of the special. The company went on to succinctly fire the employee.
One former employee for Netflix explained to The Verge that the decision from the company to let the employee go, who has not been named, proved that “black trans people are the ones being targeted in this conversation.”
“We have let go of an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company,” stated the company as part of a release in which it confirmed that it officially fired the individual. “We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company.”
Netflix went on to release a new culture memo to the company at large which put employees on notice. One section of the memo titled “Artistic Expression” explained that the company would not “censor specific artists or voices” even if an employee for Netflix thought the content could be “harmful.”
“If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” read the memo, going on later to add that employees may be forced to work on other projects that they “perceive to be harmful” and if they see themselves having a tough time dealing with their assigned work, they should consider working somewhere else.
“Entertaining the world is an amazing opportunity and also a challenge because viewers have very different tastes and points of view. So we offer a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which can be provocative,” the section stated, going further, “we support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with” and that “we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.”