As Hollywood directors continue to inject anti-racism, anti-sexism and anti-bigotry messages into their movies, many alt right bigots have looked to Netflix as an alternative source of entertainment. And indeed, shows like House Of Cards and Narcos do appear to be largely devoid of progressivism and have proven popular with those who refuse to accept prevailing progressive narratives. However, just like Vice, Netflix has since adopted the message of social justice fullheartedly, and is now actively promoting a host of radical progressive shows and documentaries.
Take for example the upcoming Netflix series “Dear White People”, which in the trailer features a group of black activists lecturing whites and physically assaulting them for wearing inappropriate Halloween costumes. The trailer for this series received an incredible amount of hate from angry privileged whites, garnering over 250,000 dislikes in 24 hours, and later over 1,000,000 dislikes.
This level of blowback clearly indicates that we are not doing nearly enough as progressives to spread our message, so logically we need to double down and put out even more left-leaning entertainment.
Up next we have the BAFTA winning and Academy Award nominated documentary “13th”, in which social justice activists, politicians and academics detail the systematic criminalization of African Americans and systemic racism in the justice system. Despite winning numerous awards, the average rating for this documentary on Netflix is quite poor, indicating once again that progressives are on the right track.
Netflix is airing another Academy Award nominated documentary called the “The White Helmets”, which documents the courage and bravery of this well known humanitarian group as they save Syrian womyn and children from Assad’s brutal regime. Again, despite being nominated for an Academy Award and being universally acclaimed by accredited critics, Netflix viewers once again gave it a poor rating.
Netflix should be commended for increasingly airing films and documentaries with important social justice messages, despite the backlash from viewers. The role of entertainment is not simply to entertain, but also to educate and inform viewers about important issues in society. Media entertainment companies who respond to feedback from their customers are only encouraging bigotry and laying the foundations for fascism. So I encourage Netflix to continue to push accredited narratives in the face of this opposition, and in doing so continue to open hearts and minds to progressivism across the world.