The Netflix employee walkout is happening now outside Netflix’s Los Angeles headquarters in protest over Dave Chappelle’s comedy special.
Hundreds of employees walked out of Netflix’s headquarters on Wednesday, Oct. 20. The protesters are angry over Chappelle’s transgender jokes in his comedy special The Closer.
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“Transphobia is not a joke,” said Ashlee Marie Preston (pictured), who organized the walkout.
“We’re up against the emergence of hate economy. And there is this manipulation of algorithmic science that distorts the way that we perceive ourselves and others. And I think that companies like Netflix, Facebook, and Instagram, they play into it, and they monetize on it. And so I think that this is important to show up today.”
Preston invited Chappelle to meet with them before the walkout, but he refused.
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Chappelle’s transgender supporters tried to disrupt the protest.
Counter protesters held up signs reading “Jokes Are Funny,” and “Netflix Don’t Cancel Free Speech.”
At today’s Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special walkout rally, people chanting “trans lives matter” are going up against Chappelle supporters chanting “We like jokes”
“We are protesting this walkout. They have the right to do it, but we have the right to standup for Dave Chappelle and his freedom of expression,” said Gigi LaRoux, a transgender Chappelle supporter.
“This boils down to equality, and if people want equality they need to be put on the same level as anybody else. Comedians are equal opportunity destroyers. You can’t pick and choose who you’re going to make fun of.”
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos walked back memos he sent to staff in support of Chappelle.
“I can tell you I screwed up those two communications, but my stance hasn’t changed,” Sarandos said in a phone interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Sarandos said he should have acknowledged that “a group of our employees were in pain” and “hurt” by the company’s decision to air the special.
“I’d say those emails lacked humanity, in which I like to and I do generally communicate with our teams,” he added.
??#Breaking: Currently happening in Hollywood as staff and protesters walk out of Netflix headquarters in Hollywood California
An air of secrecy continues to surround Atlanta’s mayor-elect Andre Dickens. Dickens defeated City Council President Felicia Moore to win the mayoral runoff election on Tuesday to become Atlanta’s 61st mayor.
Only 20% of Atlantans bothered to go to the polls on Tuesday.
After Dickens’s win, media outlets scrambled in search of details about the new mayor-elect.
Tristan Thompson is reportedly expecting his third child after cheating on Khloe Kardashian yet again.
According to a new report, the Sacramento Kings player, who has had an on-again, off-again relationship with the Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum ever since he was infamously caught cheating on her while she was pregnant with their daughter, True, has a baby boy on the way.
Daily Mail broke the news with their readers, claiming Tristan’s latest baby mama is 31-year-old Maralee Nichols, a personal trainer from Texas, and revealing that she’s already filed a paternity lawsuit and requested child support from the NBA star.
As reporter Charlie Lankston revealed, Maralee is due to give birth “any day now” after allegedly conceiving her child with Tristan in Houston as he celebrated his 30th birthday with Khloe.
During the birthday bash, Khloe shared a series of happy family photos of herself and Tristan with their daughter — and a telling message about where she thought they were in their relationship.
“The ones that aren’t meant to be are the ones who go through everything that is designed to tear them apart and they come out even stronger than they were before,” she shared.
In Maralee’s paternity lawsuit, Tristan admitted to having sex with her, but he insisted it happened just once. Meanwhile, Maralee claimed they began their affair five months before she got pregnant, in November 2020, and she said Tristan flew her to Los Angeles multiple times over the last year, including on dates after she conceived.
Maralee has reportedly moved to Los Angeles as she sues Tristan for child support. Meanwhile, Tristan is demanding the case be moved to Texas where there are laws putting a cap on the amount of child support that can be received.
Tristan also shares son Prince with ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig, who he reportedly pays $40,000 a month in child support.
Amid the baby news, Khloe took to her Instagram Story, where she spoke of “negative energy.”
“I just don’t have time for negative energy and even when I do, I still don’t,” the message read.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians came to an end in June after 20 seasons. But soon, fans are expected to be reunited with the famous family in a new Hulu series.
Deion Sanders, Jackson State’s head football coach, invited the perfect person to talk to his players about women sliding into their DMs and elsewhere just because they’re athletes. Brittany Renner, of course! The model and social media influencer who wrote a book about her exploits with famous celebrities gave the players some good ol’ advice from experience.
Last night, Sanders released a video of Renner giving some heartfelt advice to Jackson State football players to prepare them in how to deal with shady women on social media who have ulterior motives. Brittany actually gave sound advice about love in general while emphasizing that the players need to be mindful that “useless” women see them as “useful.”
“So naturally if you play a sport, it’s kind of like well that’s an incentive to talk to you,” Brittany said during the four-minute recap video. “A lot of times women, men, in general…everybody wants something so it’s like even if we both have our own thing going on, me still being with you is a good look because you boost my stock.”
You’re trying to make it to the NFL, you do understand there’s a lot that comes with that right? To be able to decipher who really loves you for you, I think that’s the billion-dollar question we’re all wanting to know.
You are useful, and it’s better to useful than useless. You just have to have that understanding that okay, I have something to offer, whether that’s financial, status wise, or whatever, and people do see that as a bonus to be with you, there’s nothing wrong with that, but you just have to be aware that nobody is here for nothing.”
Hit play to see Brittany school these young, vulnerable, athletes below.