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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Senior Netflix executive says Dave Chappelle’s ‘The Closer’ special won’t cross ‘the hate line’ and will stay on the streaming service despite the comedian’s comments spilling over to the community transgender.

In an internal memo, co-CEO Ted Sarandos told managers “some talent” may join with third parties to demand the show’s removal, adding “what we’re not going to do.”

Netflix declined to comment on the memo, which was reported by Variety on Monday.

But the company responded to reports it had suspended three employees, including one, Terra Field, who criticized Chappelle’s special in the tweets. Field identifies on Twitter as a senior software engineer at Netflix and as a trans.

“It is absolutely wrong to say that we have suspended employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged not to openly agree and we support their right to do so, ”Netflix said in a statement.

According to a person familiar with the matter, the three employees joined a quarterly meeting of directors and vice-presidents of the company without obtaining permission. The person, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the situation, said a worker was suspended following an investigation.

What if an action was or could be taken against the other two workers was unknown.

Field did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In her posts, she said Chappelle was being criticized not because her comments are offensive, but for the harm they do to the trans community, especially black women.

Field included a list of trans, non-binary men and women of color who she said were killed, adding in each case that the victim “is not offended.”

A representative for Chappelle did not respond to a request for comment.

In a statement released Monday, media watch group GLAAD said “anti-LGBTQ content” violates Netflix’s policy of rejecting programs that incite hatred or violence. GLAAD called on Netflix executives to “listen to LGBTQ employees, industry leaders and the public and commit to their own standards.”

Upon releasing the Chappelle special last week, the group said that “the comedian’s mark has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities.”

Jaclyn Moore, who was writer and producer of the Netflix show “Dear White People”, tweeted that she worked with executives and others in the service who “fought for important art” and that she told “the story of my transition to @netflix.”

But she faces hatred and attacks because “I’m not a ‘real woman’,” Moore said.

“I will not work with them as long as they continue to broadcast and enjoy clearly and dangerously transphobic content,” she said on Twitter.

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