80,000+ People Call for Netflix to Remove 365 DAYS, Which Glamorizes Trafficking, Rape

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80,000+ People Call for Netflix to Remove 365 DAYS, Which Glamorizes Trafficking, Rape

By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor

More than 80,000 people have demanded Netflix remove the Polish erotic drama 365 DAYS because the movie glorifies pornography, sex trafficking and rape.

According to the Netflix description, 365 DAYS is about A woman who falls victim to a dominant mafia boss. The mafia boss imprisons her and gives her one year to fall in love with him.

“At a time when our nation is enmeshed in a dialogue about eliminating vestiges of slavery and oppression in America and at a time when four million adults and one million children around the world are victims of forced sexual exploitation, Netflix has given their corporate imprimatur to sexual exploitation by distributing – and profiting from – a film that asks viewers to be entertained by it. We urgently, fervently call on Netflix to recognize their complicity in humanity’s worst behavior, and to remove this toxic film from its distribution platform immediately,” said Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council.

According to a change.org petition, the mafia boss “talks about child trafficking, sedates her, imprisons her, sexually assaults her, and has sexual relations with her without consent. The main character also uses abuse tactics such as gaslighting, coercion, reproductive coercion, and Stockholm Syndrome to financially, physically, sexually, emotionally, and digitally abuse the woman he had taken. To our terribly corrupt culture, it looks like another ‘steamy’ and sexy love story.”

More than 80,000 people have signed the petition to have Netflix remove the abhorrent movie.

The movie continually ranks as one the top 10 most-streamed items on Netflix. Forbes reports that 365 DAYS owned the No. 1 spot for eight of the 11 days it has appeared on the Top 10.

This is appalling, and a child’s exposure to such a movie could drastically affect their adulthood.

As Movieguide® Founder and Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr wrote in his book, “The Media-Wise Family”:

“In response to those few people who hold to the myth that pornography is essentially harmless, Dr. Victor B. Cline has said:

‘For someone to suggest that pornography cannot have an effect on you is to deny not only its unique educative impact but to deny the whole notion of the educative process itself. . . . If you say that a pornographic book can’t affect you, then you also have to say that Karl Marx’s DAS KAPITAL or the Bible or the Koran also have had no effects on their readers. And that’s nonsense. . . .

‘Or consider also the spread of sex education instruction throughout schools in the U.S. The assumption is that you can change attitudes and behavior about sex through some form of teaching and instruction. If you assume that this is so, then you have to admit to the possibility that films, magazines and books which model rape and the dehumanization of females in sexual scenes are another powerful form of sex education. And, thus, educate too.

‘Many of the educated commentators or even ‘experts’ that I know who suggest that pornography has no effects − really don’t believe what they are saying, or they will reluctantly admit to the possibility of harm from just ‘violent pornography.’ In many cases they are pretending ‘not to know’ because of their concern about censorship, and loss of First Amendment rights. Thus, for some of them, the issue is really political. It also has to do with their personal values – and much less with what the objective truth is. They fear the tyranny of a moralist minority who might take away their rights to view pornography, then, later maybe, free speech and expression.’”[vi]

Baehr and PTC’s Winter aren’t the only people sounding the alarm about sexualized media or 365 DAYS in particular.

“Today, I really don’t know what to think, say, or do, other than to reach out and explain to you in this letter how irresponsible it was of Netflix to broadcast the film 365 DAYS,'” Welsh singer Duffy wrote in an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

“This should not be anyone’s idea of entertainment, nor should it be described as such, or be commercialized in this manner,” Duffy said.

She wrote that the movie “distorts” sexual violence, “eroticises” kidnapping and was “careless, insensitive and dangerous.”

Families must be on guard against this kind of entertainment. This is about more than saving children. We must save families from being exposed to such vile entertainment.

As Mary Anne Layden, a psychotherapist and the Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy says, “Pornography, by its very nature, is an equal opportunity toxin. It damages the viewer, the performer, and the spouses and the children of the viewers and the performers. It is toxic mis-education about sex and relationships. It is more toxic the more you consume.”

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