When I surveyed what’s new on Netflix today — and, in particular, the #1 Netflix release in the TV and movie categories — I was reminded of something The Witch Master of Ceremony Lauren Schmidt Hissrich told me a few years ago. Something he specifically mentioned to me about the kind of content he enjoys streaming on services like Netflix.
“I know, for me, at the end of a long work day sometimes I come home and I don’t want to be… what’s the right word… I don’t want to have to think too hard or get hit in the head by really sad things,” he said. “I really want to enjoy what I watch and be entertained and leave the show feeling good when I go to bed.”
You and I both, Lauren. Disney+ is the kind of streamer who definitely has this, clap. I almost always feel quite amused and “good” after finishing the latest episode of, say, a show like Andor — in a way that, sadly, I don’t experience after watching something on Netflix for a long time.
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In fact, the current top-rated Netflix content in the TV and movie categories should give you an indication of what I’m talking about. One of these titles revisits the story of a cannibalistic serial killer (and has drawn the ire of the victim’s family, who feel exploited again). And the other is a film full of rape and abuse that will no doubt garner a lot of awards but is nonetheless a very gruesome and very unpleasant release from the streamer.
#1 TV Show: Dahmer
Let’s start with the #1 Netflix TV show now, which is still relatively new to Netflix.
One of the few things we have complete control over in life is how we allocate our time. That’s one of the reasons why it baffles me so much that, with all the possible stories out there, a content creator chooses to spend time creating this one — a show about one of the sickest and most depraved serial killers of all time. And so many customers, in turn, also choose to spend their time checking it out, knowing all too well what the show is about (because it’s in the title).
For the 7 day period ending September 25, Netflix latest Top 10 data shows that Dahmer collect more than 196 million hours viewed globally in the first week since it became available on Netflix. “As black people, we should boycott Jeffrey Dahmer,” Rapper Boosie BadAzz tweeted. “What he did to our black children was sick.” Likewise with one of the victim’s family members in the last few days tweeted about feeling traumatized again, again. “How many films/shows/documentaries do we need?”
Can everyone stop streaming the new Jeffery Dahmer documentary? The victim’s family has made it clear that they don’t want this, and netflix is taking advantage of their trauma without consent
— Courtney (@taylorandcatz) 26 September 2022
READ MORE: Netflix Top 10: The most watched shows in the world right now
#1 movies: Blonde
As for the new top-rated movies on Netflix, unless you’ve been living under a rock then you’re no doubt aware that the quasi-biopic of Marilyn Monroe (which is rated NC-17) is now streaming on the service. However, this reimagining of the life of the iconic starlet is one of the most gruesome Netflix releases I’ve ever watched—for reasons that are almost too many to pin down.
For starters, there are several rapes, harassment scenes, and Marilyn is shown performing a sex act at JFK who then proceeds to rape her, and that only scratches the surface. In my full review of Blonde, which you can read here, I noted one of the most annoying things about it, which is that director Andrew Dominik might try to make some kind of statement about the crimes Marilyn endured during her life… while, paradoxically, forcing you to wallow in all that crime. In boring and excruciating detail.
However, at this time, critics and audiences were rummaging through the film on the internet (Blonde currently have 43% critique score and terrible audience score 32% on Rotten tomatoesFor example).
I was very unlucky to watch Blonde on Netflix last night and let me tell you it’s very anti-abortion, very sexist, very exploitative. CAN’T recommend it LESS. Do not see. The abortion scene in particular is horrific, but so is the entire film.
— Steph Herold (@StephHerold) 29 September 2022
Blonde on Netflix is really annoying because whenever I read a story about Marilyn Monroe she is always portrayed as confident and outspoken, but in the movies they make her constantly moan and have daddy issues. The rape and harassment scenes are fictitious and too graphic
— (@GabrielDivina2) 29 September 2022
The main thing is: There isn’t any entertainment value in the top-rated TV shows or equally new movies on Netflix right now. Proceed with caution.
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