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Netflix fires 150 of its most awake employees, warns others to stop meddling as profit reservoir

The recent layoff of 150 Netflix employees targeted many of the company’s most woke workers who are prolific warriors for social justice on social media.

The struggling streaming service ended several projects that aimed to discuss race and LGBTQ issues, Variety reported, and cut various employees who worked there and promoted them.

In addition to the layoffs, the company also laid off nearly 70 employees working for its social media and publishing teams focused on marginalized communities.

They included Strong Black Lead, Asian American-focused Golden, Latino-focused Con Todo, and LGBTQ-focused Most.

Netflix claimed its latest layoffs were due to “slowing revenue and declining subscriber numbers.” But they made up just 150 of the company’s 11,000 employees, sparking speculation that a purge of prying woke staff was underway.

Among the new layoffs were Olivia Truffaut-Wong and Lydia Wang, who criticized the streaming giant for firing them and their colleagues.

“I was also fired by Netflix today,” Wang tweeted on Tuesday. “I really loved my job and my colleagues and I’m a little heartbroken!

Truffaut-Wong also wrote on Tuesday: ‘OK, yes, I am part of the Tudum dismissals (lol). I’ve done a lot of work that I’m proud of, met a lot of really great writers and editors, and made some really great friends. This is the cycle of media life!

H. Drew Blackburn, another laid off employee, recalled the turbulent saga where he was unsure whether or not he had a job.

Iydia Wang

Among the new layoffs were Olivia Truffaut-Wong (left) and Iydia Wang (right), who worked for Netflix’s Tudum, its content arm made up mostly of women of color. The department had been hit by layoffs three weeks ago

“An editor from Netflix’s small Tudum project just called me to offer me a job at Tudum again,” Blackburn tweeted after his dismissal. ‘Then called me back 20 minutes later to say they got the wrong Drew. Brilliant minds there, that’s for sure.

Tudum is Netflix’s marketing website that offered fans more detailed information about its shows. Most of its employees were women and people from minority groups.

Netflix’s decision also drew backlash from media critics and other hosts who slammed the streaming company for leaving its employees dry after previously preaching the need for a workforce. more diverse work.

Filmmaker Carly Usdin called Netflix a “joke” and tweeted, “Um, is netflix just laying off the teams associated with creating and promoting content for marginalized viewers? is what it seems.

Karla Monterroso, who works to secure economic opportunity for women of color, tweeted: “Netflix has hired a powerful team of creators from diverse marginalized communities and they have performed exceptionally well.”

“We had all invested in their work. They were then the first to whom they opened the door to the first financial difficulty.

Matt Acuna, a Bob’s Burgers host, also slammed Netflix for layoffs while taking on other projects with wealthy backers.

He tweeted: “What a great day for Netflix to announce they’re giving Ron Howard, a millionaire with no animation background, full control of an animated movie, while simultaneously stifling band-specific projects. marginalized Funny timing, huh?

The layoffs come after Elon Musk claimed the company’s stock price was due to its content “being infected with the waking mind virus”.

Netflix’s pregnant man show He’s Expecting was cited as a prime example of content designed to appeal to a tiny minority that had viewers turning off en masse.

Staff anger aroused by Dave Chappelle’s comedy special The Closer also illustrated internal strife within the company. A small but extremely vocal minority of Netflix employees have accused the streamer of “harming” transgender people by letting Chappelle defend author JK Rowling unchecked.

It is unclear whether any of those staff who protested outside the office have since received their pink slip.

Earlier this week, Netflix announced a new crackdown on woke staff who try to interfere with shows they deem “harmful” or leave viewers feeling “unsafe.”

In a memo to employees following the mass layoffs, Netflix officials told their staff: “As employees, we support the principle that Netflix provides a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles contrary to our own personal values ​​Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles that you perceive as harmful.

“If you’re struggling to support the breadth of our content, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

Netflix's recent layoff further targeted employees at its Tudum branch, which was predominantly made up of women and people of color.  Employees expressed their dismay at the layoffs on Twitter

Netflix’s recent layoff further targeted employees at its Tudum branch, which was predominantly made up of women and people of color. Employees expressed their dismay at the layoffs on Twitter

Netflix has also dropped a host of woke shows – the most famous of which is Meghan Markle’s doomed animation Pearl about a socially conscious girl who was allegedly based on Meghan herself.

Other discontinued projects include Antiracist Baby and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You, two adaptations by critical race theory expert Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, as well as a children’s fantasy series Wings of Fire by executive producer Ava DuVernay, and the children’s film Sincerely From Kindergarten.

The most notable of the discarded works was Antiracist Baby, based on Kendi’s book of the same name, which had been envisioned as a series of animated vignettes set to music and intended to explore racism in America.

Netflix previously said the show would “harness the power of songs to the ears to give children and their caregivers simple tools to root out racism in ourselves and in society.”

A documentary written by Kendi, titled Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You, which was aimed at teenagers and young adults, was also cancelled.

Netflix is ​​still pursuing a third adult-oriented Kendi project, titled Stamped From the Beginning.

The children’s fantasy series Wings of Fire, based on the book series by Tui T. Sutherland, which would have seen acclaimed black filmmaker Ava DuVernay as executive producer, has also been dropped.

Although a fantasy story, Wings of Fire explores themes of racism and prejudice through its fictional world.

Another project, which turned out to be a film adaptation of Adam Kline’s With Kind Regard from Kindergarten, was also canceled by Netflix.

Netflix laid off 150 employees on Tuesday, many of whom worked creating and promoting projects focused on marginalized communities as the streaming giant appears to be moving away from 'woke' content

Netflix laid off 150 employees on Tuesday, many of whom worked creating and promoting projects focused on marginalized communities as the streaming giant appears to be moving away from ‘woke’ content

Ibram X. Kendi has had two of the three Netflix projects based on his works canceled

Ibram X. Kendi has had two of the three Netflix projects based on his works canceled

The most notable of the scrapped works was Antiracist Baby, based on the book of the same name by Ibrahim X. Kendi, which was envisioned as a series of animated vignettes set to music and intended to explore racism in America.

With Antiracist Baby, Kendi's Stamped book for children has had its adaptation canceled

With Antiracist Baby, Kendi’s Stamped book for children has had its adaptation canceled

Fantasy series Wings of Fire which tackled themes of racism has also been dropped by Netflix

Fantasy series Wings of Fire which tackled themes of racism has also been dropped by Netflix

Adam Kline's With Kind Regard from Kindergarten has also been canceled by Netflix

Adam Kline’s With Kind Regard from Kindergarten has also been canceled by Netflix

Netflix ended the first quarter of this year with 221.6 million subscribers, slightly less than the last quarter of last year.

The company blamed the quarter-over-quarter erosion on the suspension of its service to Russia due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

A drop of just 200,000 users – less than 0.1% of its total customer base – was enough to send Wall Street into a panic when Netflix announced its quarterly results in April.

Chief Financial Officer Spence Neumann said on an earnings call that Netflix would “reduce” spending for the next two years, while continuing to invest billions of dollars in the platform.

The Silicon Valley technology company reported net income of $1.6 billion in the latest quarter, up from $1.7 billion in the same period a year earlier.

Netflix believes that factors hindering its growth include subscribers sharing accounts with people who don’t live in their home.

The streaming giant estimated that while nearly 222 million households pay for its service, accounts are shared with more than 100 million other households paying no subscription fees.

Netflix is ​​testing ways to make money from people sharing accounts, such as introducing a feature that allows subscribers to pay a little extra to add other households.

Last week, Netflix handed out a new “culture note” to staff telling them that if they’re offended by the content the company is working on, they can seek employment elsewhere.

The advice came largely in response to workers saying they would part ways with the company if they continued to work with Dave Chappelle, whose recent streamer specials have drawn backlash over transgender jokes. .