Duffy Accuses Netflix Film '365 Days' Of Glamorizing Kidnap And Rape

Written by on July 2, 2020

This text incorporates particulars of sexual abuse.

Duffy has criticized Netflix’s “irresponsible” resolution to stream the movie 365 Days, claiming it glamorizes “the brutal actuality of intercourse trafficking, kidnapping and rape.”

Earlier this yr, the Grammy-winning star shared an Instagram submit wherein she defined her years-long absence from the music trade, revealing she’d been drugged, kidnapped after which sexually abused a decade earlier.

In a letter to Netflix’s chief government, Reed Hastings, Duffy mentioned the streaming service’s resolution to characteristic the movie was “careless, insensitive, and harmful.”

The movie follows the imprisonment of a younger Polish lady (performed by Anna-Maria Sieklucka) by a Sicilian man (performed by Michele Morrone) who offers her a yr to fall in love with him, and options graphic depictions of BDSM.

“365 Days glamorizes the brutal actuality of intercourse trafficking, kidnapping and rape,” Duffy wrote. “This shouldn’t be anybody’s thought of leisure, nor ought to it’s described as such, or be commercialized on this method.

“I write these phrases (ones I can not imagine I’m writing in 2020, with a lot hope and progress gained lately), as an estimated 25 million persons are presently trafficked around the globe, to not point out the untold quantities of individuals uncounted.”

Duffy, whose full identify is Aimee Anne Duffy, added: “It grieves me that Netflix offers a platform for such ‘cinema’, that eroticizes kidnapping and distorts sexual violence and trafficking as a ‘horny’ film.

“I simply can’t think about how Netflix may overlook how careless, insensitive, and harmful that is.

“It has even prompted some younger girls, just lately, to jovially ask Michele Morrone, the lead actor within the movie, to kidnap them.”

Duffy additionally urged Netflix and film-makers to provide and broadcast content material that portrays “the reality of the cruel and determined actuality” of kidnap and rape.

365 Days was launched on the Polish field workplace in February, debuting on Netflix final month. Whereas it has been critically panned, it made the streaming service’s prime three requested titles in numerous territories, together with the UK and US.

Addressing the movie’s followers, she added: “And since 365 Days has proved enormously in style, I additionally tackle this letter to viewers instantly.

“I encourage the tens of millions who’ve loved the film to mirror on the fact of kidnapping and trafficking, of drive and sexual exploitation, and of an expertise that’s the polar reverse of the shiny fantasy depicted in 365 Days.”

Duffy beforehand instructed of how she was drugged at a restaurant on her birthday a decade in the past, earlier than being held in opposition to her will first at her own residence, and later being taken to a international nation.

On the time, she mentioned she was sharing her story as a result of we live in “a hurting world,” saying: “I’m now not ashamed that one thing deeply harm me, anymore. I imagine that should you converse from the guts inside you, the guts inside others will reply.

“As darkish as my story is, I do converse from my coronary heart, for my life, and for the lifetime of others, whom have suffered the identical.

“I’ve no disgrace in telling you both I had spent nearly ten years utterly alone and it nonetheless burns my coronary heart to put in writing it. I owe it to myself to say it, I really feel obliged to elucidate how difficult recovering really was and to lastly disclose it. I hope it comforts you to really feel much less ashamed should you really feel alone.”

HuffPost UK has contacted a Netflix consultant for remark and is awaiting a response.


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