Netflix is a real frontrunner when it comes to its tantalizing selection of binge-worthy series and movies. But it seems that thousands of people are calling for popular thriller Split to be taken off the streaming platform for one very big reason.
There's even a petition...
There's one thing we can all agree on...Netflix has our backs when it comes to its huge slate of movies and tv shows.
There's really no better time than lockdown to grab and popcorn and dig into a new series or movie.Over the last few years, the streaming giant truly has produced some of the best content for us TV-hungry folk to sink our teeth into.
The choices are endless...From true crime to romance, there’s really something for everyone.
But there's one particular genre which the streaming giant truly excels in...Thrillers.
There's nothing like a good thriller.It’s a strange thing to actually enjoy feeling tense or scared, but the movie buffs amongst us will understand exactly where we’re coming from.
Is it the nail-biting tension? The suspense? The mystery?Who knows, but there's no doubt that thrillers are up there with Netflix's most popular choices.
And while the platform gives us tons of tanalizing originals...It also acquires some box office gems too.
But this week, one of the streaming platform's thrillers has garnered attention for all the wrong reasons.So much so, that there's a full-on Twitter campaign to have it removed.
Split first hit screens in 2016.
via: imdbThe movie centers on Kevin, who is suffering from dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) and has twenty-three alters.
Kevin kidnaps 3 young girls...
via: imdbWho must try and escape before his twenty-fourth alter "emerges."
The movie was a huge success among horror fans.
via: imdbSplit earned a respectable 7.3 rating on IMDb, as well as a nomination at the Empire awards in the horror category.
The impressive reception spawned a sequel.
via: imdbGlass hit screens just last year.
While the film may have gone down treat with horror buffs...
via: imdbThere's a huge element that is extremely problematic.
This movie has been widely criticized for inaccurately depicting dissociative identity disorder in several different ways.
via: imdbMany people have called it out for exaggerating the rarity of the disorder as well as portraying those suffering from it as being "monsters" or "predators."
It has also been criticized for playing into the Hollywood trope of the "evil alter."This kind of idea was spurred on by movies like Pyscho, insinuating that people with DID are more likely to be violent or to hurt others.
This couldn't be further from the truth...
via: imdbDID is a coping mechanism formed in response to intense, repetitive childhood trauma, characterized by the presence of 2 or more personality states or alters.
The disorder is heavily stigmatized.
via: imdbAnd thanks to movies like this, people with DID often feel even more vilified and demonized.
Movies like Split only add to the stigma surrounding DID.
via: imdbActing as a catalyst for hurtful questions such as "which alter is the beast" or "are any of them going to hurt me."
A petition has now been set up urging Netflix to remove the movie from the platform.
via: imdb"This movie inaccurately represents the disorder in many ways; over-exaggerating the rarity of the disorder, insinuating that those impacted are capable of complete physical metamorphosis, and, most importantly, highlighting the false stigma created in Hollywood, introduced by films like Psycho, that people with DID are more likely to be violent, or will in some way inflict harm onto others. In fact, those with the disorder, as with any mental health condition, are more likely to be victimized than to be perpetrators," the petition reads.
"Those with DID fear opening up to their peers about the struggles that their disorder causes within them, due to the stigma Split has brought surround DID into popular culture.""We are more likely to run into financial distress if our medical history is publicized, which, in turn, prevents more people from speaking openly about their experiences, at fear of facing repercussions from one's place of employment. This is not because DID innately makes anyone unable to perform basic tasks of functioning, but because of the stigma and subsequent dehumanization that these films never fail to intensify."
The outrage reached Twitter this week, with many calling on the streaming giant to take down the flick.
Thousands weighed in on the issue, slamming the movie for being "ableist."
#GetSplitOffNetflix We're constantly dealing with the stigma. Our nearest and dearest assuming that we are dangerous, that at any moment we could switch to a "bad part" & attack, that we will harm the people, children and animals around us for no reason. We've never been violent— Rosabella (@RosabellaW99) June 24, 2020
Some people with DID themselves shared their own experiences.
And called for an end to the stigma once and for all.
okay, put yourself in a position of people who has did and a movie being shown making it a abusive illness. wouldnt it fucking make you look at yourself as a monster? ..SHUT THE FUCK UP IF YOU DONT HAVE DID/DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT IT IS AND DEFENDING THIS SHIT? #GetSplitOffNetflix— lovely mango ♡ (@seonghwaisbabie) June 23, 2020
Reactions have been strong, to say the least.
#GetSplitOffNetflix this movie is pure garbage ableist bullshit. people with DID are stigmatized enough without med… https://t.co/ZPvS9HDzxJ— Van♿️ | Taemin 9/7 💜 (@Van♿️ | Taemin 9/7 💜)1592903606.0