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Open Letter Asks Netflix To Immediately Remove 'Afflicted' From Streaming

Thursday 20 September 2018


From The Mighty:



Open Letter Asks Netflix to Immediately Remove 'Afflicted' From Streaming

By Erin Migdol
September 19, 2018
© 2018 Mighty Proud Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A group of artists, writers, physicians and scientists including Monica Lewinsky, Lena Dunham, “Unrest” filmmaker Jennifer Brea and designer Ally Hilfiger have signed an open letter to Netflix denouncing its recent documentary “Afflicted” for its portrayal of chronic illness, and asking Netflix executives to immediately remove the series from its platform.

“Afflicted” has been the subject of criticism since it was released on Netflix in August. Several cast members shared tweets, YouTube videos and blogs explaining how they believe the docuseries misrepresented their stories and created a “false narrative” that cast doubt on their illnesses. The show’s producers have not spoken publicly about the series.

The letter, published Monday on Medium, is addressed to Netflix executives Ted Sarandos, Lisa Nishimura, Brandon Riegg and Verna Meyers, and expresses the letter writers’ “profound disappointment” with the docuseries’ “unethical treatment of its subjects and its many factual errors and omissions.” The series follows seven people with chronic illnesses including myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and chemical and mold sensitivity.


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