Trans Netflix Staff Receive 'Threats of Violence' Amid Dave Chappelle Controversy

Transgender Netflix employee Terra Field has said she is receiving threats of violence amid the Dave Chappelle controversy.

Transgender employees at the streaming giant are planning to stage a walkout in protest of the comedian's recent comedy special, which included statements about the LGBTQ+ community that have been criticized as transphobic.

Field, a senior software engineer who identifies as trans and queer went viral last week after she criticized Chappelle's special, The Closer, on Twitter.

She was subsequently suspended after crashing an executive meeting to protest at the content in The Closer before being reinstated.

Netflix has continued to back Chappelle with CEO Ted Sarandos telling staff, "we work hard to support their [talent's] creative freedom."

Now Field has penned an essay about the fallout from the Chappelle situation and revealed that she is receiving threats of violence.

"The past nine days have been an absolute whirlwind for myself, my family, the Trans* ERG and our allies, and the Trans community as a whole," Field wrote on Medium.

"I've personally received threats of violence, an enormous amount of transphobic vitriol, and an incredible and heartening amount of support from people I know, people I've worked with at Netflix, and people I've never met.

"If we hadn't made judicious use of Block Party (with help from my partners in reviewing the cesspool that my mentions had become) and some custom tooling my partner wrote, I don't think I could have made it through this week."

Field addressed concerns from people who have accused her of trying to "cancel" Chappelle.

Dave Chappelle
"Dave Chappelle: The Closer." The comedian has drawn criticism over jokes about the trans community. Mathieu Bitton/Netflix

"Dave is not, and has never been, the cause of this problem—he is a symptom of it," she wrote.

"That Dave believes the things he says and can say them with relative impunity is a result of the culture we live in: a culture that marginalizes and devalues trans people. He contributes to that culture in a very real way, but at least he isn't out there bragging about how many LGBTQ+ allyship awards he has won while he is doing it."

Last week, Netflix fired a leader of the trans employee resource group that was organizing the walkout which is scheduled to take place on October 20.

Netflix said this employee had leaked confidential information. This has been disputed by staff.

"We have let go of an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company," a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. "We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company."

A rally in support of the trans employees' walkout has been scheduled for Wednesday and is to take place in front of Netflix's EPIC building in Hollywood, Variety has reported.

Several famous faces from Netflix shows are expected to show their support, including Angelica Ross, Jonathan Van Ness, Jameela Jamil, Eureka O'Hara and Colton Haynes.