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AMC To Add Onscreen Captions at Some Locations

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AMC Entertainment, the largest movie theater chain in the world, will offer open captioning at 240 locations in the United States, a move that the company's chief executive described as "a real advance for those with hearing difficulties or where English is a second language." From a report: Movie theaters provide closed captioning through devices that some customers describe as inconvenient and prone to malfunctioning. Open captions, however, are displayed on the screen in a way similar to subtitles; everyone in the theater sees the same captions, on the same screen. Advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing have long sought more and higher-quality captioning, but theater owners worry that people who aren't deaf simply don't like seeing captions at the movies.

"In some cases, putting open captions on the screen diminishes ticket sales for the movie," said John Fithian, the president and chief executive of the National Association of Theatre Owners, although he noted that the evidence was mostly anecdotal. He said the industry, whose business has been battered by the pandemic, was studying the relationship between open captions and ticket sales. Christian Vogler, a professor at Gallaudet University, a school in Washington that serves the deaf, said in an email, "Detractors of open captions often have argued that the wider hearing audience would revolt over them, or that these would be a losing business proposition for theaters." He praised AMC's move, which was announced last week, saying, "The fact that a large national chain has had a change of heart is significant, and may even open the floodgates for others to follow suit."

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I'd love movies a lot more with open captioning! sometimes you just miss dialog amidst the explosions & questionable mixing choices.
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Elliot Page, Angelica Ross and Jonathan Van Ness throw their weight behind trans Netflix staff

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Angelica Ross, Elliot Page, Dan Levy, Wanda Sykes and many others have shown solidarity with Netflix staff who staged a walkout over the streamer’s handing of the latest Dave Chappelle controversy.

Netflix employees walked out of the streaming giant’s offices in Los Angeles on Wednesday (20 October) following weeks of controversy surrounding Chappelle’s latest comedy special The Closer.

In his stand-up routine, Chappelle joked about trans women’s genitals, defended DaBaby and JK Rowling and declared himself on “Team TERF”.

The backlash intensified when disappointed trans staff raised concerns only to be told that on-screen content doesn’t “translate to real-world harm” by Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos. He has since conceded that “storytelling has real impact in the real world”, but refused to define Chappelle’s anti-trans jokes as hate speech.

Elliot Page stands with trans Netflix staff fighting for ‘a more inclusive workplace’

Countless high-profile LGBT+ stars shared their support for Netflix staff involved in the walkout on Wednesday. Elliot Page, who stars in Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, tweeted his support for trans employees.

“I stand with the trans, nonbinary and BIPOC employees at Netflix fighting for more and better trans stories and a more inclusive workplace,” Page wrote. He also linked to a YouTube video which featured Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness, Pose actor Angelica Ross and many others voicing their support for employees taking part in the walkout.

In the video, compiled by protest organiser Ashlee Marie Preston, Ross said that she is “tired”, adding that it has been “quite a couple of years”.

“I know many of you are feeling the fatigue that I’m feeling of being involved in a movement where we learn tools to move forward but not everybody is on the same page, not everybody has the same tools of accountability,” she said.

Jonathan Van Ness said: “Netflix trans, non-binary and intersex family, I love you so much, I am sending you so much love and solidarity and just sending you so much gratitude for the work you continually do, the work that folks see, the work that folks don’t see, to create a world that is more equitable and fair, to ultimately achieve LGBTQ liberation,”

“It really is so often the trans, non-binary and intersex folks who actually advance these conversations so often at risk to themselves and their careers.”

Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy issued a powerful statement of support on Twitter. “I stand with every employee at Netflix using their voice to ensure a safe and supportive work environment,” he wrote.

“I’ve seen first hand how vital television can be when it comes to influencing the cultural conversation. That impact is real and works both ways: positively AND negatively. Transphobia is unacceptable and harmful. That isn’t a debate.”

Wanda Sykes, who most recently starred in The Other Two, told her followers that she stands in solidarity with all Netflix staff who were standing up for their own rights and dignity.

“Standing in solidarity with the Netflix employees speaking truth to power today and sending my full love and support,” the actress and comedian wrote.

Mae Martin, the star and creator behind Netflix comedy Feel Good, stated their support for staff on Instagram.

“Standing with Netflix employees using their voice today to start an important conversation,” Martin wrote. “I don’t think it’s very difficult to be funny without ridiculing marginalised groups and contributing to a culture of transphobia that directly results in disproportionate levels of violence, suicide, and discrimination.”

They continued: “As a trans/non-binary person who works with Netflix this has been a true bummer, but I’m hopeful for positive and thoughtful reflection moving forward. And lols, am I right? Remember lols?”

 

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Speaking at the demonstration outside Netflix headquarters, Ashlee Marie Preston said trans people are “up against the emergence of a hate economy”.

“And there is this manipulation of algorithmic science that distorts the way that we perceive ourselves and others,” Preston said. “And I think that companies like Netflix, Facebook and Instagram, they play into it, and they monetise on it. And so I think that this is important to show up today.”

The controversy has continued to escalate ever since The Closer debuted on Netflix on 5 October. One trans employee, Terra Field, has said she is not calling for the comedy special to be removed – instead, she wants Netflix to “stop pretending transphobia in media has no effect on society”.

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Margaret Atwood Goes Full JK Rowling, Shares Anti-Trans Nonsense on Twitter

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Margaret Atwood speaks in front of bookshelves in her home during Equality Now's Virtual Make Equality Reality Gala

Margaret Atwood has taken a giant leap farther into the camp of writers who simply refuse to let us enjoy their work in peace by tweeting out an op-ed from the Toronto Star Tuesday, in which writer Rosie DiManno asks, “Why can’t we say ‘woman’ anymore?”

The article is behind a paywall but let me save you from your curiosity: It’s nonsense. There is absolutely nothing new in the entire essay, no new insights, just the same tired handwringing over the evolution of language to be more inclusive—and, it needs to be noted, more accurate.

Most of DiManno’s article takes issue with the shift a lot of institutions are making towards inclusive language in the conversation around reproductive rights, using terms like “pregnant people” instead of “pregnant women.” This, she says, is “all directly a phenomenon resulting from trans activism run amok.”

I’ve argued in favor of this shift in language right here on this site because it’s important and honestly, it costs cisgender women like myself absolutely nothing to embrace this language. How does it hamper my access to healthcare to refer to it by gender-neutral terms? It absolutely doesn’t, but it does help increase access for trans and nonbinary people, many of whom (as many as a third according to some polls) do not feel comfortable seeking healthcare for fear of being discriminated against.

DiManno tries to dismiss the needs of trans and nonbinary people as inconsequential. “Women have abortions. Or, I suppose, in the tiniest of numbers, people born with female genitals who identify as male or fluid can terminate a pregnancy,” she writes.

I do wonder what she thinks that number is. Because the number of non-cis people is rapidly increasing with every generation and according to one recent GLAAD study, 12% of people aged 18-34 in the U.S. identify as something other than cisgender.

12% is not a tiny number by any means. At the point that 12% of the population doesn’t fit the term used to describe them, it’s time to adjust the term. Which is why this shift in language isn’t just about inclusivity, it’s about accuracy. Trans and nonbinary people can and do get pregnant, they get breast and ovarian cancer, they have all sorts of reasons to need access to affirming health care.

This shift in language is most definitely happening in conversations around healthcare. But DiManno makes a giant leap when she extends the issue to other aspects of “womanhood.” This is how she opens her essay:

“You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Person with a Vagina.”

“Man! I Feel Like a Person who Menstruates”

“Oh, Pretty Person with a Cervix”

Apologies to Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain and Roy Orbison, but this appears to be where we’re heading if language radicals get their way.

That, it should be obvious, is ridiculous. While I would be more than happy to see less heteronormativity in pop music, what DiManno describes simply isn’t happening. She’s conflating an institutional conversation with a personal one, and the result is pure strawman fearmongering.

“Why can’t we say ‘woman’ anymore?” her headline reads. You can. Of course you can. No one is trying to tell anyone not to call women “women.” We’re just asking not to use that term to describe people who aren’t women. Why is that so threatening?

DiManno also tries to claim that women are being erased because these conversations aren’t happening for men in the same way. “Why ‘woman’ the no-speak word and not ‘man?'” she asks. “Why not ‘persons who urinate standing up’ or ‘people who eject semen?'”

All I can say is that it’s very clear that DiManno hasn’t put much effort into researching the issue she’s writing about.

As for Atwood’s decision to share the article, it’s disappointing but not exactly surprising for anyone who’s been paying attention to her recently. Just as JK Rowling’s TERFdom took a lot of people by surprise with some recent especially egregious tweets, when, in reality, she had been leading up to full-blown transphobia for years, the Handmaids Tale author has been circling these ideas for quite a while.

For one thing, in 2018, Atwood signed that horrible Harper’s Magazine letter (along with Rowling) that hinted at vague notions of cancel culture and political correctness run wild but seemed to be centered around anti-trans dog whistles.

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This Viral Tweet Where a Fed up Employee Tells Their Boss “Mail Me My Check” Is an Entire Mood

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The fine art of quitting a job that’s been treating you like the stain at the bottom of a trash can is nothing new, but it seems especially prevalent as we continue to deal with COVID. From the sudden “essential worker” label that tried to pretty up the fact that folks were overworked, underpaid, and having to do it all during a pandemic, to endless conversations about paying workers a living wage, it’s no surprise that employees are fed up.

There’s a work shortage for a reason, as tweets like this one demonstrate.

There’s no date on the screenshot so there’s no telling if this was a recent text or not, but in any context, calling someone a “victim” because their father passed away and you yourself have lost loved ones yet still came to work is extremely distasteful. The unfortunate truth of the matter is you (or someone you know) probably isn’t a stranger to having a manager who basically boils someone’s trauma down to, “Damn, that sucks, see you on Monday?”

Yeah.

Um.

Mail me my check, please.

It’s especially heartless if this IS a recent message, as COVID has taken so many lives yet we haven’t really been given any time to process it. The reality of COVID is that someone might need time off not just because they’re burnt out, but because someone has died. Asking for at least one day off shouldn’t be such a daunting task.

As is the case with viral tweets like this, many have been sharing their own work horror stories on what has led them to walk away from a job. Again, there are no dates to say that these stories happened during COVID, but the fact that they happened at all is abysmal.

As someone who used to work retail, I can’t help but think back to my own experiences and what I was actually willing to put up with for bare minimum wage. I’m narrowing it down to three that stand out to me:

-Working with bronchitis and having to go to the emergency room after my shift.

-Being asked if I was still coming into work after I told them someone had broken into my apartment so I didn’t want to leave my wife (girlfriend at the time) alone.

-Not being allowed to close the store early during a 27 inch snowstorm despite every other store in the city closing for obvious reasons.

What’s interesting to me is that even if I haven’t worked retail in years I still have this mindset of working beyond my limits until I’m trying to figure out why I’m so tired or crying over the most random thing because I’m THAT stressed. After years of working in a retail environment that would side eye me using the PTO THAT I EARNED, I still try and figure out a way to work through impossible circumstances. I work from home, so why not bring my laptop into bed while I’m sick, or check my work emails while on vacation just for a second?

Seeing others share their own horrible work stories is always this mix of “it wasn’t just me going through this” and “damn, managers still act like this?” You always hope that work conditions would improve (especially now), but as it stands, people still have dreadful stories about unreasonable bosses who tell them that this is a “team effort” or that they’re “part of a family” so they have to “try harder” – emergencies be damned.

I suppose the positive takeaway from this is that now, more than ever, people seem to be willing to demand better for themselves, finding alternate ways to make a living that don’t involve being gaslit into coming into work instead of resting or grieving.

Managers like the ones in these tweets don’t grasp how far we’re willing to go for the sake of a job, often overplaying their hand until, well, they unintentionally end up on Twitter.

It’s that and landlords, baby.

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Trans Netflix staff plan mass walkout after CEO refuses to back down on Dave Chappelle

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Trans employees at streaming giant Netflix are planning a company-wide walkout in response to the latest Dave Chappelle special.

The walkout, scheduled for 20 October, is being organised by Netflix’s internal trans employee resource group in response to a statement by co-CEO Ted Sarandos defending Chappelle’s The Closer, according to The Verge. The comedy special has been widely criticised for its anti-trans content.

“Trans Lives Matter. Trans Rights Matter. And as an organisation, Netflix has continually failed to show deep care in our mission to ‘entertain the world’ by repeatedly releasing content that harms the trans community and continually failing to create content that represents and uplifts trans [people],” wrote a leader of the trans employee resource group in an internal organising message. “We can and must do better!”

Chappelle’s latest specialwhich premiered on 5 October on Netflix, sees the comedian make explicit jokes about trans women’s genitals and defend DaBaby and JK Rowling, before declaring himself “Team TERF“.

In response, trans writer and showrunner Jaclyn Moore, who worked on Dear White People, quit her job at Netflix on 7 October, saying: “I will not work with them as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content.”

The backlash against the comic peaked this week with more than 7,000 people signing a Change.org petition urging Netflix to drop Chappelle’s special, saying: “By providing a platform to Dave Chappelle and his transphobic ‘jokes’, Netflix is perpetuating violence and hostility towards transgender people.”

In response, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said it would not be dropping The Closer, adding that Chappelle’s previous special, 2019’s Sticks & Stones, is the streamer’s “most watched, stickiest, and most award winning stand-up special to date”.

“Several of you have also asked where we draw the line on hate. We don’t allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe The Closer crosses that line,” Sarandos added.

This statement did not go down well with Netflix employees. Organisers at Netflix’s trans group wrote: “As we’ve discussed through Slack, email, text, and everything in between our leadership has shown us they do not uphold the values to which we are held.

“Between the numerous emails and non-answers that have been given, we have been told explicitly that we somehow cannot understand the nuance of certain content.”

News of the walkout comes as Netflix reinstated trans employee Terra Fields, who was suspended after criticising the company for platforming transphobia and for attending a director level meeting without being invited.

Chappelle’s The Closer follows his 2019 special Sticks & Stones, which also included anti-trans material. Chappelle is reportedly making at least $20 million per special.

 

 

 

 

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