Shares of Netflix took a hit Monday after firing their chief communications officer Jonathan Friedland late Friday over racially insensitive remarks he’d used in company meetings.
In a June 22 memo to staff, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said Friedland’s “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.”
Hastings says 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.”
Friedland served as the streaming giant’s chief communications officer for the past six years.
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