Netflix is hemorrhaging users —more than 200,000 subscribers tuned out in the first quarter of 2022 and the streaming giant is expecting as many as 2 million more to follow next quarter. Elon Musk tweeted a theory: wokeness.
“The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable,” Musk tweeted in response to the news.
The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 20, 2022
The Daily Wire highlighted some of the platforms more progressive productions:
Boston University academic and Critical Race Theory advocate Ibram X. Kendi worked with Netflix to adapt his book “Antiracist Baby” into an animated kids’ show. Chris Nee — the creator of Disney Junior’s hit “Doc McStuffins” — joined Kendi in the project. “Antiracist Baby” introduces “the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism.” A statement from Netflix said Kendi himself would be producing the show.
Meanwhile, Kendi’s book “Stamped from the Beginning” — which argues that “racist thought is alive and well in America” — would take the form of a documentary. A third Kendi production would center upon “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, & You,” which is directed toward the young adult audience.
In October 2020, Netflix began creating a show about the life of Colin Kaepernick — a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who gained notoriety for kneeling during the national anthem, as well as later suggesting the NFL draft bears a resemblance to slavery.
“With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture, and for him, personally,” the series’ director said in a press release. “Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports, and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.”
Also in the fall of 2020, Netflix subscription cancellations soared by 800% amid reaction to the company’s release of “Cuties” — a French film that depicts pre-pubescent girls in sexually provocative situations. Netflix defended the film as a “social commentary against the sexualization of young children.”
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— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) April 20, 2022