Months after coming forward and sharing her experiences with being drugged, kidnapped, and raped, singer Duffy implored Netflix to think more carefully about its choice to have the film 365 Days available to stream. The film debuted at no. 1 when it hit Netflix and would claim the top spot two more times — something no other movie has done. Though Netflix bills the film as an "erotic drama," Duffy says that in reality, the movie "glamorizes the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping, and rape."
She voiced her opinions in an open letter to CEO Reed Hastings, which outlined her thoughts about the film's content, how the topics it explores should not be a form of entertainment, and that fans' reactions have been alarming her.
"This should not be anyone's idea of entertainment, nor should it be described as such, or be commercialized in this manner," she wrote in the letter, which was published in The Sun. "I just can't imagine how Netflix could overlook how careless, insensitive, and dangerous this is. It has even prompted some young women, recently, to jovially ask Michele Morrone, the lead actor in the film, to kidnap them."
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Her letter continued, saying that Netflix would never choose to showcase films that dramatized pedophilia or other controversial topics, and the themes in 365 Days should be no different.
"We all know Netflix would not host material glamorizing pedophilia, racism, homophobia, genocide, or any other crimes against humanity," she wrote. "The world would rightly rise up and scream." Instead, she proposed that the streaming giant focus on "content that portrays the truth of the harsh and desperate reality of what 365 Days has sought to turn into a work of casual entertainment."
The singer closed the letter by urging those who watched the movie, which she says "eroticises kidnapping and distorts sexual violence and trafficking as a 'sexy' movie," to "reflect on the reality of kidnapping and trafficking, of force and sexual exploitation."
"365 Days has brought great hurt to those who have endured the pains and horrors that this film glamorizes, for entertainment and for dollars," she finished. "What I and others who know these injustices need is the exact opposite — a narrative of truth, hope and to be given a voice."
She also insisted that viewers and Hastings should educate themselves on the reality of human trafficking before World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which will be on July 30.
If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call the RAINN.org hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).