Netflix PR Chief Fired After Using N-Word in Meetings

Netflix has fired its top communications spokesman after the longtime company exec was caught using the N-word on two separate occasions during meetings.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sent a lengthy e-mail to Netflix employees saying that he had fired Johnathan Friedland for showing an “unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity” that did not align with the company’s values.

In the staff memo, Hastings recalled two separate instances in which Friedland used the N-word, a derogatory term for Black people.

The first time was several months ago in a PR meeting about sensitive words, and Friedman apologized after he was told by several people how inappropriate and hurtful his use of the term was.

The second time Friedman used the N-word was just a few days later, during a meeting with two black Human Resources employees who were trying to help him deal with the original offense.

“We had hoped this was an awful anomaly never to be repeated,” Hastings wrote. “Three months later he spoke to a meeting of our Black Employees @Netfix group and did not bring it up, which was understood by many in the meeting to mean he didn’t care and didn’t accept accountability for his words.”

Hastings continued, “The second incident confirmed a deep lack of understanding, and convinced me to let Jonathan go. As I reflect on this, at the first incident, I should have done more to use it as a learning moment for everyone at Netflix about how painful and ugly that word is.”

Hastings said his white privilege caused him to “intellectualize” and “minimize” the incidents and acknowledged that he needs “to set a better example by learning and listening more so I can be the leader we need.”

Friedland, who served as the popular streaming company’s chief communications officer for the past six years, tried to get ahead of the news of his firing by taking to Twitter to announce his exit from Netflix after making “insensitive” comments to members of his team.

“I’m leaving Netflix after seven years,” Friedland tweeted. “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.” He said he felt “awful” about the distress his lapse in judgement caused the company and its staff, and also said he was “honored” to have worked for the company for so long.

He later tweeted out, “Thanks. Rise high, fall fast. All on a couple of words….” before quickly deleting it, but The Hollywood Reporter captured a screenshot before the tweet was removed.

Friedland, a former Disney executive, first joined Netflix back in February 2011 as the company’s vice president of global corporate communications and was promoted to the top comms role the next year. A replacement for Friedland hasn’t been named yet.

You can read Netflix CEO Reed Hasting’s full memo to employees announcing Friedman’s firing below:

All:

I’ve made a decision to let go of Jonathan Friedland. Jonathan contributed greatly in many areas, but his descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions at work showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity, and is not in line with our values as a company.

The first incident was several months ago in a PR meeting about sensitive words. Several people afterwards told him how inappropriate and hurtful his use of the N-word was, and Jonathan apologised to those that had been in the meeting. We hoped this was an awful anomaly never to be repeated.

Three months later he spoke to a meeting of our Black Employees @ Netflix group and did not bring it up, which was understood by many in the meeting to mean he didn’t care and didn’t accept accountability for his words.

The second incident, which I only heard about this week, was a few days after the first incident; this time Jonathan said the N-word again to two of our Black employees in HR who were trying to help him deal with the original offense. The second incident confirmed a deep lack of understanding, and convinced me to let Jonathan go now.

As I reflect on this, at this first incident, I should have done more to use it as a learning moment for everyone at Netflix about how painful and ugly that word is, and that it should not be used. I realize that my privilege has made me intellectualize or otherwise minimize race issues like this. I need to set a better example by learning and listening more so I can be the leader we need.

Depending on where you live or grew up in the world, understanding and sensitivities around the history and use of the N-word can vary. Debate on the use of the word is active around the world (example) as the use of it in popular media like music and film have created some confusion as to whether or not there is ever a time when the use of the N-word is acceptable. For non-Black people, the word should not be spoken as there is almost no context in which it is appropriate or constructive (even when singing a song or reading a script). There is not a way to neutralize the emotion and history behind the word in any context. The use of the phrase “N-word” was created as a euphemism, and the norm, with the intention of providing an acceptable replacement and moving people away from using the specific word. When a person violates this norm, it creates resentment, intense frustration, and great offense for many. Our show Dear White People covers some of this ground.

Going forward, we are going to find ways to educate and help our employees broadly understand the many difficult ways that race, nationality, gender identity and privilege play out in society and our organization. We seek to be great at inclusion, across many dimensions, and these incidents show we are uneven at best. We have already started to engage outside experts to help us learn faster.

Jonathan has been a great contributor and he built a diverse global team creating awareness for Netflix, strengthening our reputation around the world, and helping make us into the successful company we are today. Many of us have worked closely with Jonathan for a long time, and have mixed emotions. Unfortunately, his lack of judgment in this area was too big for him to remain. We care deeply about our employees feeling safe and supported at Netflix.

Much of this information will be in the press shortly. But any detail not in the press is confidential to employees.

-Reed

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Racist Missouri Waitress Fired After “N**ger Hunting” Video




A 20-year-old Missouri woman captured on video bragging about going “n**ger hunting” is going to be hunting for a new job now after the footage of her racist comment went viral on social media.

According to the Riverfront Times, Tabitha “Tabbie” Duncan has been fired from her job at St. Louis restaurant and is facing outrage on social media just hours after a video of her using the n-word was posted to Snapchat and re-shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Duncan can be heard in the video using the racial slur while others talk about going “n**ger hunting.” The shocking video footage was shared on Facebook on Sunday (Jun. 10) by someone who saw it on Snapchat and has since been shared all over social media.

On Monday, Duncan, a 20-year-old resident of Jefferson County, Missouri was fired by the Social Bar and Grill, a restaurant described by the Riverfront Times as a “breastaurant,” the bar said on Facebook.

Duncan has since deleted most of her social media profiles and had tweeted on June 10th that she had “dropped to her knees in prayer.”

Here’s everything you need to know about Tabbie Duncan and the racist video:

1Tabbie Duncan says “You get them n**gers!” in the video.

The brief video shows 20-year-old Tabitha “Tabbie” Duncan riding on top of a pickup truck down a dark country road.

“So we’re going n**ger hunting today or what?” a man off camera asks. “We’re going n**ger hunting,” another man answers. “We’re f**king n**ger hunting right now,” the off-camera man replies.

“You get them n**gers,” Duncan says, encouraging the men with a smile, as the man behind the camera says, “Look at my soon-to-be sister-in-law! She looks so pretty! It’s probably the most racist, backwoods redneck video you’ll eve

The 13-second clip—possibly the most racist, backwoods redneck video online at the moment—was originally uploaded to Snapchat by a woman named Brianna Nicole Haas. One of the men in the video has been identified as Joshua Davenport and the other guy hasn’t been named yet.

The footage was re-posted on Facebook by a woman named Alexis Morris and re-shared by a man named Lee Merritt. Merritt, prominent Los Angeles attorney, wrote:

I came across this on my timeline a moment ago. It’s disgusting. (Shared by ally Alexis Morris)

Apparently, this woman—Tabbie Duncan of St. Louis, MO—was out with a group of conspirators this weekend “n**ger hunting”. It’s seems Tabbie and her soon to be in-laws (one identified by Alexis as Joshua Davenport) were out celebrating her recent enrollment in the US Air-force.

If you’re ever looking for a compass to determine what era we live in, we live in the era where a white woman enrolls in the US armed forces and goes “n**ger hunting” to celebrate. This is America.

2The Social Bar & Grill said that Tabbie Duncan was “immediately terminated” after they found out about the video.


Social Bar and Grill’s Facebook page was inundated with comments between Sunday night and Monday morning about their employee, Tabbie Duncan, who was prominently featured in several photos on the page in her waitressing uniform—a tube top and black leggings.

After the video went viral, Social Bar & Grill removed all of Duncan’s photos and posted a message Monday afternoon confirming that Duncan had been fired from her job.

“Social Bar & Grill and [its] owners have recently become aware of a vile, disgusting, and offensive video made by one of its employees,” the Facebook post read. “Upon learning of this, Social Bar & Grill immediately terminated this employee as soon as they could reach her! The incendiary comments made by this employee absolutely [do] NOT represent the views, opinions, and policies of Social Bar & Grill and it’s owners. Nor will they be tolerated in any fashion. Social Bar & Grill and [its] owners continue to encourage and seek diversity in its restaurant.”

3Duncan had recently enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and works (or has worked) at a St. Louis area hospital.


According to a social media post from a family member, Tabitha “Tabbie” Duncan recently enlisted in the United States Air Force.

The person wrote in the May 31st post, which shows Duncan sandwiched between the American flag and the U.S. Air Force flag with her right hand raised as if she was being sworn in, “So Tabbie Duncan did a thing today. Welcome to the United States Air Force!! So proud of you.”

When asked on Facebook about the video, a representative from the U.S. Air Force Recruiting page replied, “We have been made aware of a video online of an alleged reserve Airman who made racially insensitive comments. We are looking into the matter and we appreciate this being brought to our attention. The U.S. Air Force values diversity and inclusion; our Airmen come together to produce an incredible team that can accomplish any mission and overcome any challenge. We believe that our greatest asset is our diverse, innovative and technically-savvy workforce. Our Airmen come from all backgrounds and remarks such as these do not fall in line with our culture. We take incidents like this very seriously and action will be taken upon further investigation as necessary.”

Based on other social media posts, it is believed that Duncan works (or has previously worked) at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Couer, Missouri—a city located in west St. Louis County.

A photo on her Instagram page shows her wearing what appears to be a shirt with a hospital logo on it, blue gloves and a hospital employee badge clipped to her shirt. It wasn’t immediately clear what job she has (or had) at the hospital, which has not commented about Duncan’s employment status or the video.

4Duncan is an aspiring model and has shared several modeling photos on her Instagram page.


In addition to her now former waitressing job, being a recent Air Force recruit and a hospital worker, Tabbie Duncan is also apparently an aspiring model.

Duncan’s Instagram page is filled with photos from modeling shoots and she also has a modeling page on Google Photos under the name “Tabitha K. Duncan” featuring a number of pictures from photoshoots taken between October 2017 and February 2018.

5Duncan’s Facebook page had pro-trump memes and memes attacking NFL players. As the “n**ger hunting” video went viral, she posted a quote saying, “Everyone makes mistakes in life” before deleting her page.


According to the Riverfront Times, after the “n**ger” hunting video started going viral, Tabbie Duncan quickly deleted her social media accounts, including her Facebook account, where she posted pro-Trump memes and a meme bashing NFL players for kneeling during the National Anthem.

Before deleting her page, Duncan posted a quote that said, “Everyone makes, mistakes in life, but that doesn’t mean they have to pay for them the rest of their life/sometimes good people make bad choices/It doesn’t mean they are bad.”














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