Updated Netflix 'Culture' Memo Rebuffs 'Woke' Employees Sensitivities

Nick Kangadis | May 13, 2022
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Per usual with major corporate entities, when they seem to make moves or announcements that are reasonable rather than “woke,” I employ the mentality of, ‘I’ll believe it when I see it.’

Variety reported that Netflix was updating a memo on the “culture” of the company, and it probably won’t sit well with employees who like to nitpick every little thing because they’re perpetually offended.

The memo has since been released, and it confirms the preliminary Variety report that Netflix appears — at least on paper — to be taking an anti-censorship stance.

According to the memo, under the heading “Artistic Expression”:

Entertaining the world is an amazing opportunity and also a challenge because viewers have very different tastes and points of view. So we offer a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which can be provocative. To help members make informed choices about what to watch, we offer ratings, content warnings and easy to use parental controls.

Not everyone will like—or agree with—everything on our service. While every title is different, we approach them based on the same set of principles: we support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.

As employees we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles counter to our own personal values. Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.

Related: Musk Claims ‘Woke Mind Virus’ Has Infected ‘Unwatchable’ Netflix

Is this a change of heart by the leadership at Netflix or just a knee-jerk reaction to having something happen financially that’s never happened before — losing subscribers?

In the latter half of April, Netflix stock dropped 25 percent due to a report that revealed a January through March subscriber loss of 200,000 customers.

Heck, maybe they’re just seeing the light that “woke,” more times than not, ends up leaving you broke.

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