A new docu-drama from Netflix is being slammed for its wokeness.
Alexander: The Making of a God is Netflix’s new documentary drama, and it’s received a whopping 2.5 stars on Google.
Many viewers seem upset that the focus is too much on Alexander the Great’s sexuality.
Alexander the Great was one od the most successful military leaders in history.
He amassed an empire that spanned from Macedonia to India and into Egypt.
He ruled during the 4th century BC rule before dying at 32.
Netflix’s new drama looks at Alexander’s life through his relationships.
An account on X called “End Wokeness” wrote a review that reads, “Netflix made a new documentary about Alexander The Great. Within the first 8 minutes, they turned him gay.”
Commenters were quick to respond that scholars believe Alexandar the Great did have sexual relationships with other men.
One commenter said: “I don’t think it was Netflix that made him gay.”
Men having sexual relationships with each other was normal in Ancient Greece.
Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, a professor at Cardiff University, explains this in the first episode.
He says, “Same-sex relationships were quite the norm throughout the Greek world.”
He added: “The Greeks did not have a word for homosexuality, or to be gay.”
“It just wasn’t in their vocabulary whatsoever. There was just being sexual,” he concludes.
Despite that explanation, viewers were still unhappy.
A one-star reviewer on Google wrote: “The show starts off full on homoerotic, because according to Netflix, everyone is gay. 30 minutes of skippable scenes later the show goes full on into Woke Washing.”
They continue: “What is that? Every single piece of history was made as ‘safe and inoffensive [sic]’ as possible. Even the supposed ‘experts’ were choking on their sanitized descriptions.”
“The dialog and lines appear to be written by a child who grew up on memes. The ‘Total War’ video game series had better motivational ‘pre war’ speeches than this show of charged positivity.”
“Both Kings, Alexander and Darius [Alexander’s Persian adversary] were depicted as weak and groveling. Not words and behaviors you’d expect from warlord rulers. The show seemed to lean more towards a pity show for Darius than a documentary of Alexander.”
“It was terrible. Netflix needs to stop making shows and go back to being a streaming service,” they conclude.
It’s believed that Alexander’s former lover was King Darius of Persia’s eunuch Bagoas.
It is believed that he took Bagoas as a lover after conquering the land.
Despite Alexander having two children and three different marriages, historians note that his constant companion was Hephaestion.
Hephaestion was his general and bodyguard.
The love between Alexander and Hephaestion was supposedly incredibly deep.
It’s said that Alexander “lay weeping on his comrade for a day and night before being pried away” Hephaestion died.
Alexander the Great was a storied figure that Netflix’s docu-drama seeks to uncover.
Despite the claims of overt wokeness, the show still does an in-depth job of covering Alexander’s entire life.
One promising Google review reads: “No one will be 100% satisfied with the portrayal of such a man as Alexander, but I think this was better than most.”
The series is streaming now on Netflix!