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Netflix Adds 'Artistic Expression' Policy, Says It Will Not 'Censor Specific Artists'

Last year, Dave Chappelle’s special, The Closer, drew the ire of the transgender activist community, and became the target of protests. Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of the streaming giant, initially defended Chappelle’s right to create offensive comedy but walked back his comments somewhat in an effort to appease “a group of employees who were definitely feeling pain and hurt.”

This left matters somewhat unclear as to whether Netflix would still be inclined to feature artists like Chappelle, whose work involves upsetting people, or whether subjects that offend the sensibilities of progressive employees would be off-limits.

Thankfully, Netflix has just added an “Artistic Expression” policy to its well-publicized company culture memo. This policy states, in no uncertain terms, that the company will continue to platform provocative creators and ideas—and if employees have a problem with that, they should work elsewhere. Here is the policy:

Not everyone will like—or agree

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