Singer Duffy is asking for Netflix to remove a controversial worldwide movie from its platform, saying that it “glamorizes the brutal actuality of intercourse trafficking, kidnapping rape.”
In an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the 36-year-old Welsh singer – who has been outspoken about her personal private experiences of allegedly being drugged, raped and held captive – urged the pinnacle of the streaming large to contemplate pulling the Polish movie “365 Days” from the platform and referred to as Netflix’s choice to stream the movie “irresponsible.”
Within the memorandum obtained by Deadline, Duffy writes that it “grieves [her] that Netflix provides a platform for such ‘cinema,’ that eroticises kidnapping and distorts sexual violence and trafficking as a ‘sexy’ movie.”
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“I just can’t imagine how Netflix could overlook how careless, insensitive, and dangerous this is,” Duffy continued. “It has even prompted some young women, recently, to jovially ask Michele Morrone, the lead actor in the film, to kidnap them.”
The movie plot sees a “fiery executive,” performed by Anna-Maria Sieklucka, kidnapped and imprisoned by a mafia boss, performed by Michele Morrone – with the caveat being that Sieklucka’s character, who’s caught in a dull relationship, has one yr to fall in love along with her kidnapper.
“We all know Netflix would not host material glamorizing pedophilia, racism, homophobia, genocide, or any other crimes against humanity,” Duffy continued in her letter. “The world would rightly rise up and scream. Tragically, victims of trafficking and kidnapping are unseen, and yet in 365 Days their suffering is made into a ‘erotic drama’, as described by Netflix.”
She added: “And so, I am compelled to speak on their behalf, and to ask you to right this wrong; to commit the resources of Netflix, and the skills of its talented film-makers, to producing and broadcasting content that portrays the truth of the harsh and desperate reality of what ‘365 Days’ has sought to turn into a work of casual entertainment.”
Duffy went on to say that: “When I was trafficked and raped, I was lucky to come away with my life, but far too many have not been so lucky. And now I have to witness these tragedies, and my tragedy, eroticised and demeaned. Where can one turn? But to have to address you in writing.”
Duffy additionally addressed individuals who may say “it is just a movie,” merely stating that “it is not ‘just’, when it has great influence to distort a subject which is widely undiscussed, such as sex trafficking and kidnapping, by making the subject erotic.”
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“And because ‘365 Days’ has proved enormously popular, I also address this letter to viewers directly,” she famous within the letter through Deadline. “I encourage the millions who have enjoyed the movie to reflect on the reality of kidnapping and trafficking, of force and sexual exploitation, and of an experience that is the polar opposite of the glossy fantasy depicted in ‘365 Days’.”
She additional inspired individuals who have watched the film to be taught extra about human trafficking by visiting the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime website, forward of World Day in opposition to Trafficking in Individuals on July 30. She additionally shared a handful of organizations together with, the Coalition Towards Trafficking in Ladies, Hope for Justice, Polaris Undertaking, Anti-Slavery, Cease the Traffick, Unseen U.Ok., Not for Sale Marketing campaign, Worldwide Justice Mission, A21 and Made for Them.
“If all of you at Netflix take nothing from this open letter but these final words, I will be content. You have not realized how ‘365 Days’ has brought great hurt to those who have endured the pains and horrors that this film glamorizes, for entertainment and for dollars. What I and others who know these injustices need is the exact opposite – a narrative of truth, hope, and to be given a voice,” she concluded.
The film – which at the moment sits because the No. 5 title within the UK high 10 right this moment – is predicated on creator Blanka Lipińska’s novel, and as soon as the movie was made out there to U.S. viewers, many took to social media to voice their opinions concerning the sultry flick, pointing to the concept that it “romanticizes” Stockholm syndrome.
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“365 Days” grossed some $9 million on the Polish field workplace and had a restricted run within the UK. In accordance to Deadline, a sequel is claimed to be deliberate, nevertheless, it’s at the moment on maintain due to the coronavirus pandemic.