Netflix loses trans employee following Dave Chappelle backlash

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Dave Chappelle’s comedy special The Closer was met with a lot of controversy (Picture: Lester Cohen/WireImage)

A transgender Netflix employee, who protested against Dave Chappelle’s comedy special The Closer, has resigned from the company.

Terra Field, who worked as a software engineer for the streaming platform, uploaded a copy of her resignation to Twitter on Tuesday.

The comedian was accused of transphobia for stating ‘gender is a fact’ at his show while backing JK Rowling and stating he is ‘team Terf’, the acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist.

Field, along with many others, protested against the stand-up show led by the 48-year-old comic, as they believed his show was an attack on the trans community.

The former technician tweeted: ‘I resigned from Netflix yesterday, yes you can read my resignation letter below.

‘I am not happy that this is how things turned out, but I do think this outcome is the best for all parties involved.’

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A Netflix spokesperson responded saying: ‘We have resolved our differences in a way that acknowledges the erosion of trust on both sides and, we hope, enables everyone to move on.’

Many celebrities, such as Elliot Page and Dan Levy, urged Netflix to pull the special, and even voiced their support for employees who staged a walkout over the controversy.

American actor Channing Tatum recently weighed in on the ongoing division surrounding the distasteful programme.

Many celebs have condemned the star’s actions (Picture: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

In an Instagram Story, the 41-year-old wrote: ‘I understand that Dave is a very dangerous person to talk about at the moment.

‘I understand and hate that he has hurt so many people with things he has said.

‘Any human can hurt someone (usually cause they’re hurt) but any human can heal and heal others just the same,’ he added. ‘This little piece healed me back in the day. I can’t forget that.’

The Closer marks Chappelle’s sixth special with the streaming giant after he signed a multi-million dollar deal in 2016.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Netflix for comment.

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