Dozens of Netflix employees stage protest over Dave Chappelle's 'The Closer'

About 100 Netflix employees and supporters staged a protest against the streamer's refusal to pull down Chappelle's heavily criticized comedy show.

Dave Chappelle's latest special, The Closer, has been defended by Netflix head Ted Sarandos.

Netflix staff, transgender activists and supporters recently staged a walkout outside the streamer's Los Angeles offices over Dave Chappelle's 'transphobic' jokes in his 'The Closer' stand-up comedy show.

The protests held on Wednesday, saw the protesters demand for inclusivity from the global streaming platform by calling for the funding of more trans and non-binary talent as well as the rejection of transphobic content.

Several videos currently making the rounds featured several Netflix stars including Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye), Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) who took turns addressing the demonstrators.

Prior to the protests, Netflix had reportedly released a statement in solidarity with the protesters. However, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos had released a statement saying he 'screwed up' for his initial comment on the heavily criticized show. He also maintained that his stance on not letting go of the show remains resolute.

Netflix and Chappelle have been embroiled in weeks long controversy over the comedy special released in October 5. The stand-up comedy star joked about Transgender people saying 'gender is a fact' and that LGBT people are 'too sensitive'.

Chappelle has laughed off the backlash, recently saying: "If this is what being cancelled is about, I love it."

Other LGBT celebrities including Elliot Page and Lilly Wachowski have also voiced their support for the protests on social media.

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