The politically correct culture currently evolving in America has grown to such extremist proportions it makes you wonder where we deviated off the track.
The simple fact is liberal America is addicted to being offended, which is what sparked the social justice warrior movement and through that we’ve officially gone way off the deep end in this country. It’s embarrassing.
And now Netflix wants to change a common expression reserved for Romantic Comedy movies because they deemed it as derogatory and offensive.
Netflix isn’t just one of the biggest media companies in the world, it’s become a cultural phenomenon. It birthed a controversial phrase called, “Netflix and chill,” and if you don’t know what that means then you might want to look it up.
Deutsche Bank analyst Bryan Kraft recently wrote in a note to investors, “Platform status brings network effects not available to peers and competitors. Specifically, this is making Netflix even more of a go-to destination when consumers want to watch something, and it means having Netflix is becoming more of a cultural necessity for people around the world.”
Kraft also added, “It also makes Netflix a magnet for talent. And it means that consumers stay captive within the Netflix walled garden for significant amounts of time. Aside from pay TV, which is losing audience share, there are no other competing platforms that approach Netflix’s reach.”
He’s right. Netflix isn’t just snatching up every stand up comedian for exclusive specials but they are also overpaying talent in an attempt to dominate the industry.
But what happens when they’ve become aware of their cultural significance? They use that power to influence social justice warrior causes because they obviously lean to the left.
That’s what happened last week when Netflix tried to denounce the common expression, “chick flicks,” – deeming it offensive terminology for romantic comedy movies.
Netflix wrote, “For starters, “chick flicks” are traditionally synonymous with romantic comedies. This suggests that women are the only people interested in 1. Romance 2. Comedy. Which I can promise from the men I’ve come across in my life – simply isn’t true.
There aren’t sweeping categories specific to men. You don’t hear people asking to watch “man movies” – instead, pretty much every intersection of genre is on the table and seen as for men, except of course, the aforementioned rom-coms.”
They’re basically saying “chick flicks” is a form of toxic masculinity.
Netflix continued, “The term also cheapens the work that goes into making these types of films. Romantic comedies and/or films centered around female leads go through just as much editing, consideration, and rewriting as any other film. And nicknaming films “chick flicks” drives home that there’s something trivial about watching them. But what’s trivial about watching a film that makes you feel 1,000 emotions in ~90 minutes?
Overall, there’s nothing inherently gendered about liking a light-hearted film with a strong female lead and emotional arc. So next time you call something a “chick flick,” you better be referring to Chicken Run.”
It doesn’t take a genius to determine that a majority of men don’t respond well to romantic comedies and they shouldn’t be shamed for not liking it either.
And that’s okay. Men aren’t mad they can’t largely relate to some of the content of a romantic comedy. Romantic comedies are almost always from the point of view of a female protagonist in the same way action movies are from the point of view of a male.
We are starting to see more women female protagonists in action films like Brie Larson in “Captain Marvel” and that’s great.
The term “chick flick” took off in the 1990’s when there was a romantic comedy explosion with actresses Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon and the list goes on and on.
At the end of the day, though, who really cares? Do you find it offensive?