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…
Netflix has our backs when it comes to its huge slate of movies and tv shows.
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.
From true crime to romance, there’s really something for everyone.
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.
Who knows, but there’s no doubt that thrillers are up there with Netflix’s most popular choices.
It also acquires some box office gems too.
So much so, that there’s a full-on Twitter campaign to have it removed.
Split first hit screens in 2016.
The movie centers on Kevin, who is suffering from dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) and has twenty-three alters.
Who must try and escape before his twenty-fourth alter “emerges.”
Split earned a respectable 7.3 rating on IMDb, as well as a nomination at the Empire awards in the horror category.
Glass hit screens just last year.
There’s a huge element that is extremely problematic.
Many 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.”
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.
DID is a coping mechanism formed in response to intense, repetitive childhood trauma, characterized by the presence of 2 or more personality states or alters.
And 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.
Acting as a catalyst for hurtful questions such as “which alter is the beast” or “are any of them going to hurt me.”
“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.
“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.”
Thousands weighed in on the issue, slamming the movie for being “ableist.”
And called for an end to the stigma once and for all.
“It does not deserve any air time.”
You can sign the petition here.
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