For the first time since 2017, Netflix has updated its corporate culture notice this week, and the streamer appears to be tripling down on its ham-fisted support for comedian Dave Chappelle.
According to Variety, the name of the updated memo had been recently republished as Netflix Culture Searchking Excellence, which used to be Netflix Culture. Apparently, the major principles of the memo remain, including empowering employee decision-making, requiring candid feedback, and terminating employees who do not fit into the corporate dream team mold.
The major change is that the document now requires employees to research content they consider to be harmful or against [their] own personal values. In this event, it states that Netflix might not be the best place for you.
In October of 2021, Netlfix employees staged a walkout on the platform, owing to trans jokes. Gender is a fact, according to the 48-year-old in the special. Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, must walk through the legs of a woman.
Before making some more colorful observations, he added that this is a fact.
Despite outrage from inside and outside the company, Netflix added Chappelle to its comedy festival lineup that took place earlier this month (where he was attacked onstage) and handed him the keys to produce four additional comedy specials.
Netflix appears to be sending a clear message that its employees are second-class citizens when it comes to content. Read the revised section of the memo below.
Entertaining the world is an amazing adventure, and also a challenge because viewers have very different opinions and preferences. So we offer a wide range of television shows and movies, some of which can be provocative, according to the new section. We also provide ratings, content warnings, and easy-to-use parental controls to members who prefer to watch them.
Not everyone will like or agree with everything on our services. While every title is different, we approach them based on the same set of guidelines: we support the artistic expression of the artists we choose to collaborate with; we program for a variety of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what works for them instead.
Even if you find some titles counteract our own personal values, we support the principle that Netflix offers a wide spectrum of stories. Depending on your role, you may need to identify titles you perceive to be harmful. If you find it difficult to support our content breadth, Netflix might not be the best place for you.