Celebrities show their support for #NetflixWalkout

Celebrities show their support for Netflix’s trans employees. In response to the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s transphobic comments in his latest comedy special, The closest, the streamer’s employees staged a walkout on Wednesday. In a video shared on YouTube, a handful of stars, including Ashlee Marie Preston, Jonathan Van Ness, Angelica Ross, Jameela Jamil, Mason Alexander Park, Kate Bornstein, Our Lady J, Sara Ramirez, Peppermint and Colton Haynes, stood in solidarity with these employees by sharing encouraging messages.

Additionally, the stars have expressed their support using the hashtag #NetflixWalkout online. Elliot Page, who plays on Netflix The Umbrella Academy, wrote: “I stand with Netflix’s trans, non-binary and BIPOC employees fighting for better trans stories and a more inclusive workplace #NetflixWalkout.” During this time, The matrix Director Lilly Wachowski wrote: “If you’re not standing up for trans lives, you have to take a good look at who you ARE with. Good luck everyone today!”

Amid the walkout, Netflix employees also shared a list of requests for the streamer. While that doesn’t include the withdrawal of Chappelle’s comedy special, it asks Netflix to create a fund to develop trans and non-binary talent, to invest in trans creators to create more scripted and unscripted programs, as well as reviewing company policies regarding “posting potentially harmful content.” Find out how celebrities are supporting #NetflixWalkout coming soon.

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