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Netflix CEO Clueless About Own Company’s Censorship

Ted Sarandos oversees probably the most consequential media firm of the streaming age.

Sarandos is the CEO of Netflix, the platform which redefined how we eat content material. From the phrase “Netflix and Chill” to Hollywood’s greatest administrators planting a flag on Netflix soil, the streamer is as huge as any content material firm not related to a cartoon Mouse.

So why is Sarandos clueless about each his firm and the tradition at giant?

Sound harsh? Let’s see what he needed to say a few Texas Grand Jury which indicted his firm over its Sept. 9 launch, “Cuties.”

The movie follows a Senegalese lady (Fathia Youssouf Abdillahi) who groups with a gaggle of equally aged dancers recognized for sexually-charged routines. And the digicam captures each bump and grind.

That factor sparked a flurry of Netflix cancellations, outrage within the right-leaning press and, extra lately, that indictment cost.  

Netflix refused to “cancel” the French movie. Now, the corporate’s chief is pushing again towards its critics.

“It’s just a little stunning in 2020 America that we’re having a dialogue about censoring storytelling….”

“[Cuties is] a movie that may be very misunderstood with some audiences, uniquely inside the United States. The movie speaks for itself. It’s a really private coming of age movie, it’s the director’s story and the movie has clearly performed very nicely at Sundance with none of this controversy and performed in theaters all through Europe with none of this controversy.”

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Where to start?

America circa 2020 is all about censorship. Old films. Newer exhibits. Classic sitcoms. And we are able to’t even depend all of the tales, songs, jokes and greater than by no means obtained made or informed for worry of Cancel Culture reprisals.

Famed impressionist Frank Caliendo lately confided to Dennis Miller that he pores over each Tweet he sends to make triple positive somebody gained’t discover it offensive. Other comedians should face comparable fears. A couple of get canceled for voting GOP.

Sarandos should pay attention to this poisonous development … proper? Then once more, Cancel Culture is taking root at his personal firm.

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Netflix eliminated an episode of the beloved sitcom “Community” earlier this 12 months as a result of a personality appeared in blackface-like make-up. Netflix additionally erased a sequence of British sitcoms for telling tales now deemed “problematic.” The cult comedy hit “W/Bob and David” additionally felt the sting of Netflix censors over its personal blackface episode, regardless that the message conveyed a progressive, anti-racist perspective.

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Does Sarandos have a Google Alert on his personal firm? If not, he ought to.

Netflix additionally routinely removes content material on the behest of overseas governments.

More than half of pulled episodes/movies have been eliminated following calls for from Singapore’s authorities: marijuana-themed specials Cooking on High, The Legend of 420, and Disjointed (eliminated in 2018); Martin Scorsese’s iconic The Last Temptation of Christ (2019); and The Last Hangover, a Brazilian movie exhibiting Jesus’ disciples waking up after a special form of Last Supper….

Also on the checklist is probably probably the most well-known of Netflix’s censorship-related takedowns: one episode of discuss present Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. In it, Minhaj criticizes Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman and speculates his authorities was concerned within the 2018 homicide of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission demanded Netflix take away the episode, and in January 2019, it did–a transfer that made world headlines and drew accusations that it was “[bowing] to calls for of presidency officers who imagine in no freedom for his or her residents.”

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Need extra? Netflix censors weigh in on … jokes.

Podcaster Joe Rogan alerted his listeners to a different instance of Netflix censorship earlier this 12 months. Fellow comedians confessed to Rogan that Netflix nix sure jokes from their stand-up specials.

“I’ve had buddies they’ve informed to chop bits out [of Netflix specials]. Like Joey Diaz had a hilarious #MeToo bit about Terry Crews. Terry Crews who’s an F-ing tremendous athlete and a few man grabbed his [penis] and he MeToo’d this man … Joey had this hilarious bit about it, and so they wouldn’t let him do it. You’re making enjoyable of sexual assault victims [they told him].”

That’s only one anecdote. Who is aware of what number of comparable tales are on the market?

Sarandos must be the primary one to defend comedians, and storytellers, desirous to share their materials with out censorship.

That is, if we are able to take him at his phrase.

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