Why these shows/movies were banned on Netflix?

Netflix had to remove so many shows/movies. WHY?

Wanted to watch these shows and movies on Netflix but still wondering where the have gone? We have all the answers to your questions.

  1. In 2020, “The Last Hangover,” a Netflix original from Brazil’s Porta dos Fundos during which Jesus’s disciples awoke after a final Supper raging party was removed in Singapore after the written demand from the Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
  2. In 2019, Netflix removed an episode of “Patriot Act” with the comedian Hasan Minhaj from its service in Saudi Arabia at the request of the government, for example. The company took down the episode, titled “Saudi Arabia,” after the Saudi government said it allegedly violated anti-cybercrime law. The move was criticized by some free speech advocates who said it didn’t encourage artistic freedom. Recently, Netflix also cancelled the show which means no upcoming volumes. The reason looked suspicious to the fans as to why it would cancel the show suddenly, any political reasons? Netflix CEO Reed Hastings last fall addressed the controversy over “We’re not trying to do ‘truth to power.’ We’re trying to entertain… We don’t feel bad about [pulling the ‘Patriot Act’ episode in Saudi Arabia] at all.”
  3. In 2019, “The Last Temptation of Christ,” which is banned in Singapore was removed within the country after written demand from the IMDA. Apparently, it features Jesus Christ as gay. This move has outraged subscribers who requested its removal from the streaming platform.
  4. In 2017, “Full Metal Jacket” was removed from its Vietnamese service to comply with a demand from the Vietnamese Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information. The last half of the film takes place in Vietnam, but the whole movie is considered Stanley Kubrick’s combat in the Vietnam War. It might be considered a sensitive subject in Vietnam.
  5. Another movie in 2017 was withdrawn. Netflix complied with the German Commission for Youth Protection (KJM) to remove Night of the Living Dead. A version of the film is additionally banned within the country. KJM described on its website as “the central supervisory body for the protection of minors privately radio and Telemedia.” Using guidelines introduced in 2003 by the German Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Minors within the Media, the group investigates and regulates media considered illegal or too extreme for young German viewers, including online.
  6. In 2015, “The Bridge,” a documentary about suicide attempts on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was banned as that’s classified to be “objectionable” in New Zealand, far away from the country after written demand from the New Zealand Film and Video Labeling Body.
  7. In 2018 3 movies were taken down in Singapore because of its strict anti-drug policy. It has capital punishment for drug dealers. Cooking On High, The Legend Of 420 & Disjointed are the three films.

Netflix removed 9 shows in total at the request of governments; 5 were in Singapore. In 23 years of operation, Netflix has taken down nine TV shows and movies from its streaming service at the behest of governments, the corporate disclosed them during a report.

Netflix said it’ll publish a report annually covering its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance, using the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) framework as a benchmark.

Netflix revealed that it gave in to the Singapore government’s demands a minimum of five times within the last three years from 2018 to 2020. These five titles were The Last Hangover, The Last Temptation Of Christ, Cooking On High, The Legend Of 420 and Disjointed. Singapore features a strict anti-drug policy, with execution for drug dealers. The city-state also has conservative censorship guidelines under which content associated with race, religion and LGBTs are restricted or banned. Other takedown requests came from Germany (Night Of The Living Dead), New Zealand (The Bridge) and Vietnam (Full Metal Jacket).

In total, Netflix complied with nine takedowns over the course of its 25-year existence.

Another incident where Netflix had to pull down posters of French movie ‘Cuties’ – A recent poster released by Netflix to promote the French-Senegalese film Cuties (Mignonnes) sparked mass outrage, with thousands accusing the web streaming platform of sexualising young girls and a few even demanded a ban on the award-winning film.

Responding to the criticism, Netflix Thursday had issued an apology and announced that it took down the controversial artwork, which featured young girls wearing “skimpy outfits” and posing in “provocative” ways.

Cuties, titled Mignonnes in France, a coming-of-age comedy-drama written and directed by screenwriter and filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré. The film is about an 11-year-old immigrant girl, named Amy, who rebels against her conservative Senegalese-Muslim family by joining a dance troupe, known for its risqué and sometimes adult dance moves. It first premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, in January.

Social Media users slammed Netflix for promoting the upcoming film using a poster, which allegedly sexualised young girls. The theatrical trailer of the film also irked social media users, a number of whom claimed it might encourage paedophiles and predators. A change.org petition, demanding the film to be banned from Netflix, has thus far garnered over 143,000 signatures.

Netflix’s first Indian original series, “Sacred Games,” faced legal heat in 2018 after a petition was filed with Delhi supreme court for Netflix to delete any scenes that reference the former Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991.

The release of Netflix series ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’ on four Indian tycoons facing fraud allegations was put on hold following a state court order in legal tussle faced by the U.S. streaming giant in a key market.

Multiple Indian courts — including one in Bihar and another in Hyderabad — issued a stay on the discharge of Bad Boy Billionaires: India, after petitions were filed by two of its subjects. The Netflix investigative docuseries looks at the crimes committed by Kingfisher’s Vijay Mallya, Sahara’s Subrata Roy, jeweller Nirav Modi, and Satyam’s Ramalinga Raju.

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Anu Jain

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