Hannah Gadsby is not joking when it comes to talking about transphobia on Netflix.
The Grammy-nominated comedian spared few words in a message for Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos about his decision to double down on defending a recent transphobic and homophobic comedy special by Dave Chappelle.
Sarandos had evoked Gadsby as an example of the diversity the streamer has in a memo he sent to the company. “So we have Sex Education, Orange Is the New Black, Control Z, Hannah Gadsby, and Dave Chappelle all on Netflix,” he said, defending why Chapelle’s The Closer should stay on the streamer.
Gadsby has two specials on Netflix, the 2018 smash hit Nanette, and her follow up two years later, Douglas.
Now, Gadsby wants him to keep her name out of his mouth. And she let the whole world know via a scathing post written on Instagram.
“Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn’t drag my name into your mess,” Gadsby’s message began. “Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chapelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial world view.”
She wasn’t done there. “You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real world consequences of the hate speech dog whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted.” she added. “F*ck you and your amoral algorithm cult… I do sh*ts with more backbone than you. That’s just a joke! I definitely didn’t cross a line because you just told the world there isn’t one.”
In her caption for the post, she also wrote that, “Yes, I watched the whole thing. Leave me alone,” in case anyone tried to come for her.
Gadsby is the latest of several artists who are featured on the streamer to be speaking out against it. Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness tweeted that “the violence and harm perpetuated against Trans, NB & Intersex folks is relentless and people pay with their lives, their livelihoods, and we’re sick of it. It breaks my heart that such important people and platforms continue to ignore that.”
Dear White People showrunner Jaclyn Moore, who is trans, took it a step further, announcing that she’s severing her ties with the streamer. “I love so many of the people I've worked with at Netflix. Brilliant people and executives who have been collaborative and fought for important art,” she tweeted. “But I've been thrown against walls because, "I'm not a 'real' woman." I've had beer bottles thrown at me. So, Netflix, I’m done.”
Trans employees of Netflix are planning a walk out on October 20.