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Netflix Creates A Black Lives Matter Category

Netflix Creates A Black Lives Matter Category

Netflix has created a Black Lives Matter Category celebrating the best of 'black storytelling'.

In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody, the streaming site has backed the call for racial equality.

But as well as removing a number of series from its site, Netflix has now announced a whole new section devoted to 'highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience'.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Netflix said: "When we say 'Black Lives Matter,' we also mean 'Black storytelling matters'.

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"With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time - we're starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience.

"When you log onto Netflix today, you will see a carefully curated list of titles that only begin to tell the complex and layered stories about racial injustice and Blackness in America."

Netflix has created a Black Lives Matter category, celebrating the best of 'black storytelling'. Credit: Netflix
Netflix has created a Black Lives Matter category, celebrating the best of 'black storytelling'. Credit: Netflix

Among the 40 plus titles that have been included in the category are Ava DuVernay's celebrated Netflix originals 13th and When They See Us, as well as Netflix Original Dear White People.

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US Netflix users can also enjoy Oscar-winner Moonlight and Spike Lee's Malcom X and School Daze in the new category.

In the days following Mr Floyd's death, Netflix released a statement, throwing its full support behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

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It read: "To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter. We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up."

Earlier this week, Netflix announced a number of old series were to be removed from its channel, including Little Britain. The show was also removed from BBC iPlayer.

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The noughties sketch show has come in for some criticism in recent times over the way it depicted ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, as well as for how it dealt with issues of gender and sexuality.

It comes after Netflix announced it was axing a number of shows from its catalogue, including Little Britain. Credit: BBC
It comes after Netflix announced it was axing a number of shows from its catalogue, including Little Britain. Credit: BBC

Writers and creators David Walliams and Matt Lucas both wore blackface in numerous scenes to portray characters who were people of colour.

Responding to questions over the decision to pull the series from its streaming service, the BBC, which also axed the series, said that 'times had changed'.

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A spokesman for the BBC told the Daily Mail: "There's a lot of historical programming available on BBC iPlayer, which we regularly review.

"Times have changed since Little Britain first aired so it is not currently available on BBC iPlayer."

Away from television, the death of Mr Floyd has also led to questions over Britain's colonial past, with debate raging over whether or not the statues of some historical figures should be torn down.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Black Lives Matter, TV and Film, Netflix

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]