A petition has started that aims to see the M. Night Shyamalan film Split removed from Netflix with immediate effect.
I could have never predicted this one. I understand why films like Gone with the Wind and, I don’t know, Birth of a Nation would be cancelled, but I assumed everyone forgot about this one the second it stopped showing in cinemas.
Split is a pretty rubbish film. It essentially serves as an acting showreel for James McAvoy who is fantastic in it, but other than that it’s weird and uncomfortable and boring. Going further than that, it’s now under fire and basically being cancelled.
The issue with the film isn’t the abuse of young women as you might have suspected, but rather that it’s offensive to those suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), as they believe they’re being unfairly represented by McAvoy’s character(s).
The hashtag #GetSplitOffNetflix is now being spread over Twitter, with one statement reading:
“Split is a movie that has caused many many many plural people & the plural community at large significant harm due to its misrepresentation of both DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) & Plurality in which it demonises them & more.
“It demonises plurality for entertainment when plural people aren’t like that. Plural people need support & love“.
Without wishing to appear insensitive, I had no idea that being “plural” was a thing. Is it the same as Schizophrenia? Is ‘Schizophrenia’ an offensive term now? It’s a minefield.
The followup film Glass was also criticised for the same reason, but it appears to be less under fire than Split.
In response to the campaign, many people were angered at the implication that it should be removed, with one tweet reading:
“This is absolute nonsense. If we ban every single thing that potentially offends an oppressed community group, we would have nothing left“.
At the time of writing, the petition to remove Split from Netflix is at 1,200 out of the 1,500 needed.
We’ll see how this goes.
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