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 details: Friedland has been with Netflix for six years, per the Hollywood Reporter. He reportedly used the N-word in a meeting with other staffers. There has not yet been an announced replacement.
What Friedland said, per the Hollywood Reporter: "Leaders have to be beyond reproach in the example we set and unfortunately I fell short of that standard...I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love and where I want everyone to feel included and appreciated. I feel honored to have built a brilliant and diverse global team and to have been part of this collective adventure in building the world’s leading entertainment service."
CEO Reed Hastings' full statement to Netflix employees: