'Schitt's Creek' star Dan Levy, Elliot Page extend support to Netflix's Trans Employee Walkout

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New Delhi Published: Oct 21, 2021, 03:38 PM(IST)

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Dan Levy has extended his support to Netflix employees who staged a walkout to protest against Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special 'The Closer'. 

'Schitt's Creek' star Dan Levy has extended his support to Netflix employees who staged a walkout to protest against Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special 'The Closer'. 

Taking to Instagram, Dan posted a statement that read, "I stand with every employee at Netflix using their voice to ensure a safe and supportive work environment. I have seen firsthand how vital television can be when it comes to influencing cultural conversation. That impact is real and works both ways: positively and negatively."

Employees of Netflix staged a walkout in Los Angeles on Wednesday in protest of 'The Closer'`, in which Chappelle apparently made remarks that some viewed as offensive to the transgender community.

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Talking about the ongoing controversy, Dan, who came out as a gay man when he was 18 years old, further said, "Transphobia is unacceptable and harmful. That is not a debate."

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LGBTQ celebrity Elliot Page also expressed solidarity.

"I stand with the trans, nonbinary, and BIPOC employees at Netflix fighting for more and better trans stories and a more inclusive workplace," Page tweeted.

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Netflix workers stage walk-out over Dave Chappelle transgender comments

In addition to the walkout, the demonstrators have created a list of asks for the company, including, "create a new fund to specifically develop trans and non-binary talent," "increase investment in trans and non-binary content on Netflix comparable to our total investment in transphobic content" and "invest in multiple trans creators to make both scripted and unscripted programs across genres." 

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