Netflix: Critics agree with Elon Musk’s assessment that ‘woke mind virus’ is hurting streaming service
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Billionaire Elon Musk has tricked Netflix as an “wake-up mind virus” that is making its streaming subscription service “unseen” this week.
“The wake-up mind virus is preventing you from watching Netflix,” Musk wrote Tuesday night, responding to Slashdot’s tweet about a 20% cut in Netflix shares after the company said it had lost subscribers for the first time in more than 10 years.
Billionaire Elon Musk has tricked Netflix as an “wake-up mind virus” that is making its streaming subscription service “unseen” this week. (Photo: SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP via Getty Images)
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama signed a multi-year deal to produce new movies and shows with Netflix in 2018, but the former president’s commitment to the streamer isn’t the only thing that gives him a liberal reputation. Media Research Center co-founder Elise Ehrhard agreed with Musk, writing that “unwatchable left-wing content” was one of the reasons Netflix struggled in 2022.
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Releasing its first quarterly report Tuesday afternoon, Netflix Co-CEO Reed Hastings said the company would experiment with cheaper ad-backed packages and reaffirmed the impact of growing competition in the streaming market. Netflix is also expected to crack down on password sharing.
“But the problems with Netflix are much more than inflation and problems with passwords. His programming is too often awake, leftist, obsessed with LGTBQUIA, even pedophilia, ”Ehrhard wrote, giving examples for each allegation.
An example of “awake” was the NASCAR driver documentary Bubba Wallace, who in June 2020 at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests across America claimed to have found a loop hanging from his garage at the Talladega Superspeedway. FBI agents finally stated that it was in fact a garage door handle that had been there for a year, but Netflix made the Wallace movie anyway.
“This puts a lot of emphasis on hero worship,” wrote Ehrhard. “From Wallace’s BLM T-shirt to his brilliant interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, the documentary series is clearly a leftist twitter fantasy.”
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Regarding “left” content, Ehrhard focused on the climate change satire “Don’t Look Up,” which featured “anti-Trump” humor and other topics that are “pure catnip for liberal voters.”
The conservative MRC has also highlighted Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy” series, which is expected to focus on the character who will appear as transgender in the coming season.
People gather in support of Netflix’s and other’s transgender strike for comedy and freedom of speech, October 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, California – Netflix executives were gearing up for a workers’ strike and gathered in Los Angeles on October 20, 2021 as anger grew over the comedy show Dave ‘a Chappelle. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP via Getty Images)
Netflix is also the streaming service behind Cuties, a wildly controversial French film that tells the story of an 11-year-old girl growing up as she discovers her maturation, all while seeking acceptance from her religious family and a group of young dancers whom she hopes to hang out with make friends. The movie provoked reactions and even led to the hashtag #CancelNetflix becoming popular on social media.
The Cuties prompted the Parent Television Council (PTC) to call on the White House to investigate Netflix over claims it had a “behavioral” pattern in relation to content that “sexualized” children, according to the parent organization. PTC CEO Tim Winter said Netflix has “a corporate practice of graphically and grotesquely sexualizing children through entertainment programs.”
To illustrate his point of view on Netflix’s alleged “pattern of behavior” of sexualizing children, Winter featured other shows on the platform, such as the original series “Big Mouth”, which blithely touches adolescence, and the British comedy Sex Education which focuses on sexuality in relation to mental health.
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Netflix defended the film in a 2020 statement to Fox News, calling the project a “social commentary against the sexualization of young children” and “a powerful story of the pressure young girls face on social media and adolescent society in general.”
The Media Research Center found other problematic programming in the streaming service, however.
“Netflix has had a problem with pedophile programming for years. In 2018, Netflix premiered the Argentine film “The Thirst,” which featured a child pornography scene involving girls under the age of 10, a film for the FBI and the Justice Department. The movie featured a child masturbating, “wrote Ehrhard.” Later that year, Netflix aired the Italian series Baby, glorifying 15-year-old prostitutes in Rome. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) rejected the premiere, stating in a letter to Netflix: ” This series embellishes the sexual exploitation and trivializes the experience of countless underage men and women who have suffered trafficking for sexual purposes.’”
Netflix received a reaction to the movie “Cuties”. (Netflix)
Ehrhard said other Netflix content “sexualizes minors, prepares children, puts underage actors in inappropriate sexual scenarios, and shows animated child pornography.
“Until the company breaks out of the left-wing bubble, it will continue to alienate countless potential customers in the US and around the world,” wrote Ehrhard.
The notion that Netflix is ruining its content to coincide with a liberal agenda is nothing new. In 2019, film critic Armond White declared, “Netflix is now an Obama propaganda machine” in a virulent column in the New York Post condemning the promotional campaign for Obama’s first documentary, “American Factory.”
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama signed a multi-year deal to produce new Netflix movies and shows in 2018,
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Writer and political satirist Tim Young believes that Netflix executives have simply over-compensated for popular liberal opinion that America is inherently racist.
“Netflix and its original shows have forced diversity in their programming so much that it has become a caricature of diversity itself. It’s as if executives and creative teams believe the myth that America is “so racist” that no one of color can even walk the streets without facing racism and reacted with the same level of nasty wake on the other side of the pendulum to counterbalance it. ” Young told Fox News Digital.
“Who cares if a program or content is good, as long as it includes a checklist of LGBT people, a certain percentage of races, and a few lectures on how everything is bad for all these groups in America?” Young asked. “Americans don’t want wake-up crap what it is, they want to have fun.”
Netflix also recently aired a documentary in which former NFL quarterback Colin Kapernick likened the NFL Draft process to slavery and began promoting the movie “Pending” about a man who becomes pregnant.
Despite the laundry list that Netflix serves the left, the company shocked many conservatives by defending comedian Dave Chappelle after transgender jokes in his special “The r” sparked protests within Netflix and activists. About 30 workers staged a strike and joined a rally at Netflix’s Los Angeles offices last October.
Netflix has faced criticism not only from a special side, but also over internal memo responses to employee concerns, including the assertion of Co-CEO Ted Sarandos that “on-screen content does not translate directly into real-world damage.”
At the time, Sarandos also wrote that Netflix did not allow titles “designed to incite hatred or violence, and we do not believe that the” r “crosses that line.”
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The director later apologized for his comments and said he hadn’t noticed that “our group of employees is really suffering,” told The Wall Street Journal. He added that his comment on the influence of television on viewers was an oversimplification.
Showrunner “Dear White People” Jaclyn Moore left the company due to a hard trial. However, despite objections, Netflix stood by the Chappelle and announced earlier this year that it would host and produce four upcoming comedy shows as part of the new collection.
“The only unawakened thing Netflix did last year was defending the Chappelle and I honestly think it was a financial decision due to how much they invested and planned to invest in him,” said Young.
Danielle Wallace, Melissa Roberto and Julius Young of Fox Business contributed to this report.