Looks like Netflix has gotten the rather explicit message that several other corporations have received: Woke politics are not welcome amongst the general population.
While Twitter may have had perennially out of touch, constantly politically motivated CEOs convinced otherwise for quite lengthy periods of time, nothing like a shocking drop in revenue to jerk even the most ardently “progressive” business leaders into action.
After Netflix CEO Reed Hastings received a rather rude awakening in Q1 of 2022, chiefly the drop of 200,000 subscribers, he apparently realized that most viewers aren’t really cool with a minute percentage of Netflix employees apparently dictating the entirety of the company’s content due to their ever flaky, inconsistent “feelings.”
Which is precisely when Netflix decided to updated its long overdue employee policies, with a particular emphasis on the fact that employees’ feelings do not serve as the unilateral barometer for guiding business operations.
Especially since those feelings have clearly run Netflix’s business into the ground.
Consequently, the streaming giant recently uploaded a new memo to its official website, which includes two rather compelling sections: “Freedom and Responsibility” and “Artistic Expression.”
Imagine that: An ode to freedom.
And indeed, Netflix certainly backs freedom in its new memo.
After touting its “unusual amounts of employee freedom,” Netflix remarked, “you might think this much freedom would lead to chaos. Instead, it has created an extremely successful business model over the last 25 years. The lesson is you don’t need policies for everything. You can be groundbreaking without them. Freedom can (and does) lead to chaos when we fail to couple it with a strong sense of responsibility. That is why freedom and responsibility go together.”
Bam. Imagine that: Freedom AND responsibility.
Responsibility tends to evade snowflakes. Especially when it comes to owning up to the fact that the entire planet does not revolve around their fickle feelings.
Hence the “Artistic Expression” section, quite frankly long overdue in light of the torrent of abuse Dave Chapelle, not to mention other comedians such as Chris Rock, have endured at the hands of the woke mob.
“Not everyone will like – or agree with – everything on our service,” Netflix warned, “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.”
In other words: Back off Dave Chapelle cancelling snowflakes. Attempted cancellations, that is, as they likely made him more popular than ever, including with this writer.
Even better, should snowflakes dare to whine at Netflix’s rather reasonable request, the company has another zinger in store: Don’t bother working here anymore.
“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,” Netflix warned, “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.”
Way to clean house without even having to downsize, as the most intolerable of intolerable lefty snowflakes, who likely spent more time whining on Twitter than actually working.
Needless to say, Netflix has received a wave of praise in light of its sudden backbone, including from none other than Elon Musk, who is clearly willing to allocate concise, yet authentic, praise when it’s due, and it certainly is for Netflix.
“Good move by Netflix!” Musk exclaimed.
It’s a real shame that it took the loss of 200,000 users for Netflix to finally conclude freedom and responsibility are good, whereas censorship is bad, and it’s likely that the company is going to be hurting for some time due to its egregious kowtowing to the left, who, at the end of the day, clearly don’t butter the streaming giant’s bread.
Forget rapid growth prospects; at this point, Netflix is clearly attempting to keep its head above water, though it’s certainly turned the corner in a favorable direction.
Sending woke snowflakes packing is a great place to start.
Author: Jane Jones