CNN has not independently verified the email.
Netflix has suspended three employees for attending a virtual meeting of directors and vice presidents last week without notifying the meeting organizer in advance, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
One of the suspended employees is Terra Field. Field, a senior software engineer who identifies as queer and trans, had publicly criticized “The Closer” on Twitter last week. Her suspension is due to her attendance at the meeting and not her tweets, according to the source.
“It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so,” a Netflix spokesperson told CNN when asked about the suspensions.
Field, tweeted last week that Chappelle’s special ridiculed the existence of trans people.
“Promoting TERF ideology (which is what we did by giving it a platform yesterday) directly harms trans people, it is not some neutral act,” Field wrote. “This is not an argument with two sides. It is an argument with trans people who want to be alive and people who don’t want us to be.”
Field ended her thread with the names of 37 trans and gender non-conforming people who’ve been killed throughout 2021.
GLAAD, the LGBTQ media advocacy organization, has also condemned
comments made in “The Closer” and on Monday issued a statement in response to news of the suspensions and the email from Sarandos.
“Netflix has a policy that content ‘designed to incite hate or violence’ is not allowed on the platform, but we all know that anti-LGBTQ content does exactly that. While Netflix is home to groundbreaking LGBTQ stories, now is the time for Netflix execs to listen to LGBTQ employees, industry leaders, and audiences and commit to living up to their own standards,” the organization tweeted
CNN has reached out to representatives of Chappelle.
In “The Closer,” Chappelle says the special will be the last time he will publicly comment on trans people or issues.