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Netflix's top spokesman fired over use of racial term

11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 June 22, 2018 9:33 PM June 22, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he fired the company's top spokesman over use of a racially offensive term.
 
The spokesman, Jonathan Friedland, confirmed in tweets that he was leaving the company, saying he was insensitive in speaking with his team about words that offend in comedy.
 
In a memo to employees, published by Variety and The Hollywood Reporter , Hastings said Friedland used the word twice - first in a meeting of public relations staff several months ago about sensitive words. Hastings wrote that several people told Friedland how inappropriate and hurtful his use of the word was.
 
Hastings says Friedland, who is white, later repeated the word with human resources staff trying to address the original incident. Hastings wrote the second incident "confirmed a deep lack of understanding."

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