Netflix recently suspended Terra Field, a trans engineer who had tweeted against Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special on the platform, The Closer.
The comedian’s latest special came under sharp criticism from groups such as GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition over the alleged remarks about the LGBTQ community.
Terra, who is a trans employee at Netflix also created a viral Twitter thread expressing why she was unhappy with Dave’s jokes. However, her suspension raised questions among internet users. Many wondered if it had happened due to her tweets.
Who is Terra Field?
Terra’s Instagram and Twitter bio reveals that she works as the Senior DevOps Engineer at Netflix. Her bio also reveals that she is a New Jersey native and previously worked at Blizzard Entertainment and Cloudera.
According to her social media bio, Terra is a transgender and polyamorous person.
For the unversed, a polyamorous person is someone who is nonmonogamous and is involved in intimate relationships with more than one partner. The relationships exist with the consent of all partners involved.
People who identify as polyamorous generally have multiple romantic as well as sexual partners.
One of the famous people to recently come out as polyamorous is Will Smith’s daughter Willow. The singer discussed it during an episode of Red Table Talk.
Terra also runs another private Twitter page named Terrable Thoughts.
Why was the trans employee suspended?
While many were quick to speculate that Terra was suspended because of her tweets, Netflix has cleared the air around the matter.
In a statement to The Verge, Netflix’s spokesperson cleared that the trans employee was not suspended for tweeting. The statement reads, “It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employee for tweeting about this show.”
The statement further reads, “Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so.”
Another source has revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that Terra and the other employees, were suspended for attempting to join a quarterly meeting, which was meant only for directors or vice presidents.
Netflix’s engineer speaks against Dave Chapelle’s comedy special
Terra took to her Twitter on October 7 and wrote, “I work at @netflix. Yesterday we launched another Chappelle special where he attacks the trans community, and the very validity of transness – all while trying to pit us against other marginalized groups. You’re going to hear a lot of talk about “offence.”
In the Twitter thread, Terra, further goes on to talk about how trans people are accused of “being offended” easily and having “thin skin”.
However, following Terra’s tweets and the slurry of backlash against The Closer, Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended the comedian. He also refused to remove the special from the platform.
He wrote in a statement, “Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long-standing deal with him. … As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom — even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful, like Cuties, 365 Days, 13 Reasons Why or My Unorthodox Life.”
“Several of you have also asked where we draw the line on hate. We don’t allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe The Closer crosses that line,” the statement read.