The Grammy Award Winner and ‘Mercy’ songstress Duffy slams Netflix for releasing the movie ‘365 Days’ without moral responsibility. The singer strongly condemns the movie for glorifying sex trafficking and kidnapping. She wrote an open letter to Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix about her condemnation and urged him to ‘use influence responsibly’.
Duffy is one of the victims of rape and kidnapping expressed the ordeal she endured when she was young in an emotional video to her fans earlier. She also explained her experience to the CEO and cautioned the negative impact it may leave on society. Here is an excerpt from her letter,
I don’t 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 the kind that you have chosen to present as ‘adult erotica’.
365 Days glamorizes the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape. This should not be anyone’s idea of entertainment, nor should it be described as such, or be commercialized in this manner.
I calm myself to explain to you here – when I was trafficked and raped, I was lucky to come away with my life, but far too many have not been so lucky. And now I have to witness these tragedies, and my tragedy, eroticized and demeaned. Where can one turn? But to have to address you in writing.
To anyone who may exclaim, “it is just a movie,” it is not “just,” when it has great influence to distort a subject which is widely undiscussed, such as sex trafficking and kidnapping, by making the subject erotic.
And because 365 Days has proved enormously popular, I also address this letter to viewers directly. I encourage the millions who have enjoyed the movie to reflect on the reality of kidnapping and trafficking, of force and sexual exploitation, and of an experience that is the polar opposite of the glossy fantasy depicted in 365 Days.