Netflix is doubling down on stand-up shows like Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais once more.
During the ongoing Cannes Lions advertising conference, streamers co-CEO and content chief Ted Sarandos reminded Netflix that the arts of comedy has always been a fan of the future of entertainment. At the same time, Sarandos received the Entertainment Person of the Year award.
The Closer, a Chappelles, 2021 special, triggered a social media boycott of the streaming platform, as well as Netflix employee walkouts. Earlier this year, Gervais released SuperNature, which included even jokes about trans people.
Were providing programming to individuals with a wide range of tastes and abilities. [There is a range in] how they were brought up, what they think is offensive or is detrimental to themselves or children, according to Sarandos. The downside of on-demand is that drama is a bit easier to pull off, but when it comes to comedy, it''s all quite different.
Sarandos continued, however, that timeframe has been tightened. Those comedians who are professional in their work are always testing the audience. They know what they get laughs; their road-tested before they see the special. Most of the film is pretty out of step today. Eddie says the same thing.
Part of the art form is to cross the line, according to the Netflix executive, and it makes you only find where the line is when you cross it sometimes in stand-up.
Sarandos explained that before declaring that it is almost impossible to censor Chapelle and that Netflix will fight for his content from the beginning to the Supreme Court. The platform has never taken [Chappelles special] down anywhere in the world and never will.
The diversity of thought and expression is essential to defend. Its good for culture, not just for the United States, but for everyone, according to Sarandos.
On a personal level, the co-CEO admitted that he regrets not empathizing with his staff who were deposed by the respective stand-up specials.
Sarandos said that he gave me a real matter-of-fact answer about their expression, but I should have been more empathetic with them directly. That''s the thing I regret, but the decision is crucial globally.
Sarandos mailed an internal letter to employees addressing Chappelles The Closer, and wrote, as well. Several of you have also asked where we set the tone on hate. We do not allow movies [on] Netflix that are designed to incite hatred or violence, and we don''t believe The Closer crosses that line.
During the Netflix comedy special Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration, Billy Eichner was weighed in on the topic after being recorded during Netflix Is a Joke Fest in May.
Eichner joked that gay laws are dangerous and downright absurd. Queer people in this country are being demonized. They are trying to dehumanize trans people. Im not talking about Florida. Im not talking about Dave Chappelles'' latest Netflix episode!