Why Netflix’s Apology Is a Bad Idea

Left: Comedian Dave Chappelle arrives to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., October 27, 2019. Right: Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos poses on the red carpet at the French premiere of Netflix’s TV series Marseille in Marseille, France, May 4, 2016. (Yuri Gripas, Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)
If Ted Sarandos wants to continue to attract great artists such as Dave Chappelle, he shouldn’t listen to woke bullies who want veto power over jokes.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE N etflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos had the right idea last week when he defended the streaming service’s decision to air Dave Chappelle’s standup special The Closer. In internal messages to employees, he said he understood their concerns about Chappelle’s (mild) jokes about transgenderism but didn’t think the special crossed a line. He dismissed the idea that Chappelle’s words constituted, or could reasonably be construed to incite, violence. He said people had to learn to live with others who hold differing points of view. He said that Chappelle was a mainstay of Netflix who is extremely popular with viewers and that he

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