Netflix drops top exec for "descriptive use of the N-word"

Jonathan Friedland.
Jonathan Friedland. Photo: Alfonso Manzano/Clasos.com/LatinContent/Getty Images

Netflix's top communications executive, Jonathan Friedland is being let go, according to the Hollywood Reporter, for his "descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions" which showed "unacceptable low racial awareness and sensitivity," CEO Reed Hastings told employees on Friday.

Why it matters, per Axios' Sara Fischer: Movements that take place on social media - from Black Lives Matter to #MeToo to the recent immigration debate - are putting more pressure on brands to focus on corporate social responsibility. Many are no longer tolerating comments or actions around sexual harassment, racism, gender equality, etc. that would’ve been previously accepted.

The big picture: The changing face of American protests

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The great political protests shaping our country have one key difference from the 1960s, the AP's Sharon Cohen notes — the faces are less famous.

The big picture: "Since the presidential election of Donald Trump, there have been marches for women, science, the Dreamers — immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children — and most recently, gun control, a response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida."

Go deeper: 5 consequential immigration moments this week

A pile of children's shoes and toys in front of a chain link fence at the border
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Harrowing images of children in detention centers, the administration's flip flopping on its own family separation policy and two bills struggling to make it through the House have kept the national focus on immigration this week.

The big picture: Trump signed an executive order to end family separation, causing chaos amidst government agencies. He doubled down on his tough immigration message by holding an event with families whose children were killed by undocumented immigrants. One House immigration bill failed, another got punted to next week and Melania wore a $39 jacket that said "I don’t really care" on her trip to the border.