Posted 43 days ago
Tensions flared outside a walkout at Netflix headquarters as employees upset with the streaming platform’s airing of a controversial special by standup comedian Dave Chapelle clashed with counter-protesters supporting the comic’s freedom of speech.
Videos from the walkout circulating on social media show a man holding a sign that says "We like Dave" before he is accosted by several people who ultimately break his sign.
"Why is he breaking my sign?" the man holding the sign can be heard saying as protesters grab and smash it. "Don’t I have the same free speech rights as you?"
Once the sign is destroyed and the man is left holding just the stick it had been mounted on, the protesters start shouting "He’s got a weapon!"
The man is then pushed away from the scene by protesters while laughing at their accusation that he has a weapon before he then drops the stick.
"I’m just here to say that jokes are funny people" the man explains with his hands raised in the air. "Dave Chapelle is a funny guy."
"I love Dave," he added as one protester shook a rattle in his face. "I don’t know why all the violence. I don’t know why all of the hate."
The walkout on Wednesday at a Netflix office in Hollywood, California was organized in protest of "The Closer," a recent comedy special by Dave Chappelle in which he made remarks that some viewed as offensive to the transgender community.
In "The Closer," which was released earlier this month and is currently among the most-watched programs on the service in the U. S., Chappelle said "gender is a fact" and said he identified as a "TERF," an acronym that stands for "trans-exclusionary radical feminist." He also co... (Read more)