Netflix has with a flick of time, become an essential part of nearly all of our lives. Usually, the phrase, “there’s something for everyone” is mere hyperbole. But not in the case of Netflix. This quite literally has something for you. Of course, with such an extensive selection, there’s bound to be some content that’s a bit problematic. Whether it’s the material itself, the situation surrounding its production. Or that can be the moments that could be seen as inappropriate. The amount that’s drawn controversy for one reason or another. Here’s a look at some of the most controversial viewing experiences Netflix has to offer.
13 Reasons Why
The Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why, debuted in 2017. It immediately became a lightning rod for controversy. The story picks up after the suicide of high schooler, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford). She left behind a series of cassette tapes meant for specific people. This is in her life, detailing the reasons for her decision. Through the use of flashbacks, the season depicts disturbing instances of sexual assault. In a scene that some observers found to be irresponsible and potentially dangerous for impressionable teens. That’s Hannah’s graphic suicide.
Titles like’ BoJack Horseman’ and ‘F is for Family’ are soaking up. The critical claim despite (or perhaps because of) their adult themes and humor. But with Big Mouth, they took a considerable risk. An examination of puberty and teen sex. The show leans heavily on vulgarity and gross-out humor. While some critics have found it to be sharp, funny and engaging. Well, others have deemed its utter commitment to nastiness a bridge too far.
Netflix’s original special, ‘The Push’, stars U.K. mentalist, Derren Brown. He wowed viewers with a viral video. In this, he demonstrated the seeming ability to literally put thoughts into peoples’ heads. Brown slipped a series of keywords into a casual conversation. As in order to convince actor Simon Pegg, he had always wanted a red BMX bike as a child. A completely fabricated notion. But in ‘The Push’, he enlists the help of over 70 actors. This is an attempt to put a very different kind of idea into the mind of an unsuspecting mark.
Blue Is The Warmest Color
The 2013 French drama Blue Is the Warmest Color. It is based on the graphic novel of the same name. It won the Palme d’Or at that year’s Cannes Film Festival. Although, it drew early controversy for its shocking graphics. It has a seven-minute long lesbian sex scene. However, the performances of lead actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux have been widely praised. But the comments of the actresses themselves concerning the film’s production. Also, director Abdellatif Kechiche’s reaction has added to the controversy.