NEW YORK • The chief government of Netflix fired the company’s chief communications officer final Friday after he “showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity” in utilizing a racial epithet no less than twice within the office, in accordance with a company memo.
Chief government Reed Hastings credited communications officer Jonathan Friedland with serving to to strengthen Netflix’s model across the world and making it profitable.
But these accomplishments weren’t sufficient to outweigh his office behaviour.
“Unfortunately, his lack of judgment in this area was too big for him to remain,” Mr Hastings wrote.
Former journalist Friedland – to not be confused with Jonathan Freedland, a outstanding columnist on the London-based Guardian newspaper – had served in communications roles for Disney.
Before working in communications, he spent 10 years at The Wall Street Journal.
On Twitter, he mentioned: “Leaders have to be beyond reproach in the example we set and, unfortunately, I fell short of that standard when I was insensitive in speaking to my team about words that offend in comedy.” The Hollywood Reporter had first reported on Mr Friedland’s firing.
In the memo, Mr Hastings mentioned the primary incident occurred “several months ago” in a gathering about delicate phrases and once more just a few days later to 2 African-American human-resources workers as he was discussing the unique transgression.
Mr Friedland apologised instantly when objections have been raised on the primary event, however the truth that he did it once more “confirmed a deep lack of understanding and convinced me to let Jonathan go”, mentioned Mr Reed.
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