Top Netflix spokesman fired for using racially insensitive word twice

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 25, 2018

Jonathan Friedland wrote in a tweet: "I feel terrible about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love".

However, a few days later the term was used again - this time at a meeting of black employees at the company.

"His descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions at work showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity", the note to all staff read.

Ford Motor Co F.N former USA chief Raj Nair departed abruptly in February after a probe on his behaviour, while Intel Corp INTC.O former Chief Executive Brian Krzanich resigned on Thursday over a relationship with an employee. At Athenahealth, CEO Jonathan Bush stepped down this month after a series of allegations about misconduct involving women.

Netflix didn't respond to requests for comment.

Netflix Inc NFLX.O Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Friedland is leaving the video streaming company, a company spokesperson said on Friday without giving more details.

Hastings wrote that several people told Friedland how inappropriate and hurtful his use of the word was. "The second incident confirmed a deep lack of understanding, and convinced me to let Jonathan go now".

'Rise high, fall fast. "All on a couple of words".

Former journalist Friedland - not to be confused with Jonathan Freedland, a prominent columnist at the London-based Guardian newspaper - had served in communications roles for Disney. Netflix was worth less than $10bn when Friedland started, and it's now valued at more than $170bn.

Hastings praised Friedland's contributions to the company, but said his behaviour left him no choice.

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