Netflix's highly anticipated series Ratched finally dropped last week, but viewers have already been pointing out some problematic elements...
Netflix may be our go-to for binge-watching, but it's no stranger to backlash...Believe it or not, the streaming giant has a string of scandals attached to its name that have left many viewers outraged.
Remember the backlash over 13 Reasons Why for example?The show depicted the thirteen reasons that led to highschooler Hannah taking her own life. But the show quickly came under fire for its unnecessarily graphic suicide scene, which detailed a common method of suicide to a young, impressionable, and potentially vulnerable audience.
Netflix clearly didn't learn their lesson, however...In the season 2 finale, there was a highly distressing and controversial rape scene, which saw the streaming giant once again in the firing line.
And of course, there was The Crown's equal pay dispute.The fan-favorite political drama came under fire when it was revealed that the leads didn’t make the same amount of money. Claire Foy, who played the Queen in the first 2 seasons was paid less than her male counterpart, Matt Smith, despite it literally being a show about the Queen.
The streaming giant's recent hike in subscription prices also left viewers unimpressed.Undoubtedly one of the biggest complaints among Netflix users has been the rise in price. In 2014, they raised the price from $7.99 a month to $9.99. Old customers were able to keep their original pricing up until 2016, but since, prices have continued to increase. The standard service is now priced at $10.99 monthly, with the premium coming in at $13.99 - making some users seek cheaper alternatives such as Hulu.
And there's one Netflix scandal we'll never forget.Usually, Netflix comes under fire for issues like canceling shows prematurely or removing content we love.
But The First Temptation movie was quite different.The First Temptation of Christ, was released on Netflix Brazil on December 3rd, and immediately caused a commotion.
The flick stars a Brazilian comedy group.The group, Porta dos Fundos, are a big deal on YouTube and they are not afraid of controversy, but this may have topped anything they've ever done.
There's one huge reason why the Netflix special came under fire.People put the movie on blast as being "offensive," "rude," and overall, "blasphemous."
In fact, Twitter was flooded with people airing their frustrations over the movie.
Even the Brazilian president’s son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, called out the Netflix show. "We support freedom of expression, but is it worth attacking the belief of 86 percent of the population?"
#Boycottnetflix I just cancelled my Netflix subscription after over 12 years. I've grown increasingly tired of the… https://t.co/Viltbabog8— Matthew Jones (@Matthew Jones)1576469993.0
So, why exactly is everyone so annoyed?Basically, the 46-minute-long film showed Jesus going back to his mom and dad’s house for a birthday party. But he’s not alone. He’s alongside his "best friend," Orlando.
But are they just friends?
Although it was only alluded to...
Things took a turn for the worst for Netflix when a petition was launched.It amassed over one and a half million signatures.
But have they learned their lesson? Apparently not.Their latest release is causing an online uproar.
Ratched tells the origin story of Nurse Ratched.Made famous in the Ken Kesey novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, she's one of fiction's more lasting villains.
The show is made by the creators of American Horror Story.And stars the talented Sarah Paulson in the titular role.
Before its release, Netflix dropped the announcement on Twitter.
But they didn't expect the backlash that followed ...
Sarah Paulson is the iconic Nurse Ratched. From the creator of American Horror Story, get your first look at… https://t.co/dLAjDQ2iHe— Netflix (@Netflix)1596034801.0
To be fair, some were very excited.
The names attached to the project struck excitement into the hearts of some horror fans.
the fact that ratched being a netflix original will undoubtedly introduce a wider audience to sarah’s work so she c… https://t.co/SY9dYweHiG— abby 🖤 (@abby 🖤)1596042694.0
But there were others feeling less than pleased.
Many view this character as historically problematic.
@netflix @RatchedNetflix I really want a season 4 of #Perception and instead I get this in my timeline. I have issu… https://t.co/SbYCT143Ut— Cartoon “Punch fascists in the dick” Kelly (@Cartoon “Punch fascists in the dick” Kelly)1596035693.0
The depiction of mental illness might be better left in the past.
As this show could be highly triggering and traumatic to some.
Hey can we stop interpreting every story about struggling with mental health through a horror lens? Nurse Ratched i… https://t.co/C2Y6Zn0h6t— 30 bats in a trenchcoat (@30 bats in a trenchcoat)1596037010.0
In fact, after watching, many viewers felt trigger warnings should have been issued for several of the scenes.Across the show's 8 episodes there are scenes of violence, murder, and child abuse, and while it is rated an 18 and includes a brief message in the corner of the screen warning about "sex, language, violence, injury detail and suicide reference," some viewers didn't think this was enough.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer commented:"Trigger warning if you want to watch Ratched: there is rape and conversion therapy in it. The sexual abuse (thus far, I'm only on episode 3) is mild but the conversion therapy is very intense and will be triggering!"
Others seemed to agree.
"cw // mention of trigger warnings in the pic since #Ratched doesn’t have an actual trigger warning scene or something, i listed them all and the episodes where they appear. Mostly are blood, gore, and murder, but there’s lesbophobia and child abuse too."
I got roped into the show Ratched and wow that show really needs some trigger warnings. I need to watch like five D… https://t.co/1giYQLycNy— Abolitionist Artí (he/they) (@Abolitionist Artí (he/they))1600484473.0
Meanwhile, one viewer pointed fingers at one episode in particular."guys ep 6 can be really heavy for some. it has no trigger warning so share/rt this: Ratched's ep 6 "Got No Strings" has child physical and psychological abuse. It isn't so graphic, but still very triggering. It actually kinda ruined the show to me."
One user decided to do a full guide outlining all the possible triggers throughout the series for anyone that needs it.
And there's a lot.
Okay so in case you don’t already know, #Ratched is a pretty heavy show, so I’ve written a list of trigger warnings… https://t.co/1d82SyjhMl— Caitlin 🍂 | UNIVERSITY-ANTI ❌🏫❌ (@Caitlin 🍂 | UNIVERSITY-ANTI ❌🏫❌)1600467997.0