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Why Netflix’s Representation of Disability is Problematic and Damaging

Trigger Warning: This piece discusses ableism, including the use of ableist slurs — In recent months, Netflix has faced controversy for making various disabilities punch lines in several Netflix Originals. These controversies have left me conflicted: on the one hand, as a disabled person I believe in fair, equal, accurate, …

Dietland: Not the Unproblematic Alternative to Insatiable It’s Made Out to Be

TW: Whorephobia, fatphobia, violence, weight loss surgery. Over 215,000 people have signed a petition to stop the release of Netflix’s new ‘comedy-drama’, Insatiable,  released today (10 August 2018). The series has been heavily criticised on social media as being fatphobic and fatmisic (‘misia’ meaning hate/hatred). The synopsis of the show is that …

Freud the Fraud – More Defective than Detective

Trigger Warning: Sexual abuse, victim blaming, mentions of PTSD. — While scrolling Twitter in my lunch hour on Friday, I came across a press release regarding an upcoming Netflix project – an Austrian production simply named Freud. In it, a young, starting out version of the famous psychologist becomes embroiled …

Lady Gaga and the Complexities of Chronic Pain

On Thursday 1st February 2018, our entertainment editor Becki saw Lady Gaga perform live at Birmingham’s Genting Arena. We didn’t know it then, but it was the last date she would perform on her Joanne World Tour. Two days later, she announced the cancellation of the rest of the tour …

Finding Comfort in Stranger Things

Trigger warning: mentions of PTSD and abuse Spoiler Alert: this post contains very specific details about Stranger Things series 1 and 2. – I cried watching Stranger Things. It wasn’t a Demogorgon that frightened me, nor the shadow monster that loomed over Hawkins. What stirred a buried, tensing emotion within …

Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’ is Here, but Where is Everyone?

Marvel and Netflix’s latest collaboration The Defenders is hit our screens today, but the team aren’t exactly at the best of starting points; in fact, they may be at their worst when the series starts. Every member of the team — Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist — all …