Several celebrities, many of whom work with Netflix, shared messages of support and solidarity with the many employees who staged a protest on Wednesday.
Stars like Jonathan Van Ness, Sara Ramirez, Our Lady J, Kate Bornstein, Angelica Ross, Colton Haynes, Jameela Jamil and many more sent brief video messages showing their support for LGBTQ + employees who in light of the response from the company to the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s stand-up stand-up “The Closer” stands up to the company and demands better and more dignified representation.
Protest organizer, journalist and activist Ashlee Marie Preston opens the video with a message to employees and an expression of gratitude to the stars who have shown their support.
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“It is not an easy time but it is an important and necessary time,” she said before calling again for “a secure and dignified future for ourselves and our loved ones”.
With that, the stars of popular Netflix shows launch themselves into their respective videos in which they highlight the bravery of employees fighting for better representation.
“I send you so much love and solidarity and I send you so much gratitude for the work you continually do,” said Netflix “Queer Eye” star Van Ness. “The work that people see, the work that people don’t see to create a more equitable and just world and ultimately achieve LGBTQ liberation.”
He adds: “I know it’s not easy and I know it’s scary and I have so much respect for you and so much love and gratitude for standing up for the LGBTQ + community’s right to dignity. , safety and respect. ”
Later in the video, Haynes thanks employees for standing up for a space where the stories of LGBTQ + and other marginalized communities can be told.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you,” he said. “Not just for the job you do today, but for the constant marathon you have to run just to make sure there is a safe workspace and there is safe content and speaking.”
Mason Alexander Park, who will appear in upcoming Netflix projects “The Sandman” and “Cowboy Bebop” was among the only stars to directly address Netflix’s response to those who think Chappelle’s special is transphobic.
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“It is obviously very disheartening to see the position that has been taken,” they said. “I know it’s not a representation of everyone who works at Netflix, but at least it’s management representation, and that won’t change until we give non-binary and trans people like me more power and positions to tell our stories. “
The star’s comments came hours after Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said he “messed up” with his initial response to the controversy.
In emails to Netflix staff following the show’s debut earlier this month, Sarandos defended “The Closer,” citing its popularity on the platform and the company’s commitment to it. favor of the freedom of creation. He also said the company believed that “the content on the screen did not translate directly into damage in the real world.”
However, in an interview with Variety Tuesday before the demonstration, he returned to these statements.
Other stars to speak outside of the video include Elliot Page, who stars in Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy”. tweeted that he stands alongside the trans, non-binary and colored people working at Netflix who “are fighting for more and better trans stories and a more inclusive workplace.”
“Schitt’s Creek” creator, writer, actor and director Dan Levy also posted a solidarity message on Twitter. He signed a multi-year global film and television contract with Netflix in September 2021.
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Lévy wrote: “I support every Netflix employee by using their voice to ensure a safe and supportive work environment. I have seen with my own eyes how vital television can be when it comes to influencing cultural conversation. This impact is real and works both ways: positively AND negatively. Transphobia is unacceptable and harmful. This is not a debate. “