A rally to support the planned walkout of Netflix’s trans employees announced Monday that they will present the streamer’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos with a list of “firm asks.” A public service announcement from Netflix talent like Jameela Jamil, Jonathan Van Ness, Angelica Ross, Colton Haynes, and Eureka O’Hara will be featured.
The rally will take place Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and will take place at the Netflix offices on Vine Street in Los Angeles. It was organized by activist Ashlee Marie Preston and detailed in an Instagram post.
“We shouldn’t have to show up quarterly/annually to push back against harmful content that negatively impacts vulnerable communities,” Preston said in the caption. “Instead, we aim to use this moment to shift the social ecology around what Netflix leadership deems ethical entertainment while establishing policies and guidelines that protect employees and consumers alike.”
The rally and walkout come on the heels of intense backlash sparked by Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special, The Closer. Chappelle made several controversial references to the trans and LGBTQ+ communities throughout the special.
Netflix Sarandos previously defended the special in a memo sent to employees. It was confirmed that there was no intention to remove The Closer from the platform.
Three employees had been suspended for joining an executive meeting to which they had not been invited. All three employees have since been reinstated. Another employee was terminated after leaking confidential information about the special.
“The rally will feature Artivists/Creators, grassroots organizers, public figures and supporters spanning multiple communities are coming together to underscore the importance of responsible content offerings that prioritize the safety and dignity of all marginalized communities,” according to the event description.
It was initially to be held at Netflix’s EPIC building. However, organizers announced Tuesday would be instead held at the Vine St. location to accommodate the crowd.