KEY POINTS

  • Singer-Songwriter Duffy has accused the streaming giant Netflix of glamorizing heinous crimes like “kidnapping” and “rape”  
  • In a letter, she noted that the platform has "hurt" those who have experienced such heinous crime in their lives 
  • "365 Days" was panned by critics upon its release

Singer-Songwriter Duffy has accused Netflix of glamorizing heinous crimes like “kidnapping” and “rape” by streaming the Polish erotic drama movie “365 Days.”

In a letter addressed to Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings, the 36-year-old musician wrote that it is highly "irresponsible" for an organization like Netflix to stream “365 Days” on its platform as it glorifies criminal activities like “sex trafficking” and sexual assault.

The “Mercy” hitmaker started her letter by saying that she did not want to be in a “position” to write something like this, but her past experience and “suffering” has forced her to do so. Duffy further stated that watching movies like”365 Days” should not be something one would do to be entertained. 

“I do not want to be in this position to have to write to you, but the virtue of my suffering obliges me to do so, because of a violent experience that I endured of that kind that you have chosen to present as ‘adult erotic’. ‘365 Days’ glamorizes the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping, and rape. This should not be anyone’s idea of entertainment,” Deadline quoted Duffy, as saying.

The songstress wrote the letter almost 2 months after she revealed that she was “drugged” and “raped” on her birthday. In April 2020, Duffy wrote a heartwrenching post on her website revealing that she was drugged for “four weeks” and taken to a foreign country. 

In the post, she also noted that she was put into a hotel room where the culprit sexually assaulted her. The musician also explained that she thought of running to a neighboring town while the perpetrator slept in the same room but could not gather the courage to do so.

“I contemplated running away to the neighboring city or town, as he slept but had no cash and I was afraid he would call the police on me, for running away, and maybe they would track me down as a missing person. I do not know how I had the strength to endure those days, I did feel the presence of something that helped me stay alive,” her post read.  

In her letter, the Grammy award-winning artist also shared that she is devastated to know that Netflix is giving a platform to such type of “cinema.”

“It grieves me that Netflix provides a platform for such 'cinema', that eroticizes kidnapping and distorts sexual violence and trafficking as a 'sexy' movie. I just can't imagine how Netflix could overlook how careless, insensitive, and dangerous this is,” Duffy wrote.

The singer concluded her letter by saying that the streaming service has “hurt” those who have experienced such horrifying and violent crimes that the film glorifies for “money.”

“365 Days” is a Polish erotic drama film that tells the story of a man named Massimo (played by Michele Morrone) who is a member of the Sicilian Mafia Family and Laura (played by Anna-Maria Sieklucka). There is a drastic turn of events when Laura goes for a trip to Sicily and Massimo kidnaps her and gives her 365 days to fall in love with him.

The movie was panned by critics for glorifying kidnapping and sexual assault. However, it is considered to be one of Netflix’s biggest hits.

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