Netflix: Apologise and Remove Misogynistic Comments From 'Ginny & Georgia'

Netflix: Apologise and Remove Misogynistic Comments From 'Ginny & Georgia'

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Despite its seemingly progressive nature, Netflix's latest TV series 'Ginny & Georgia' contradicts this in a blatant display of misogyny through slut-shaming.

In Series 1, Episode 10 of the series, viewers witness the character Ginny tell Georgia that she "goes through men faster than Taylor Swift". This isn't just the rehash of a "joke", this is the perpetuation of a deeply misogynistic narrative.

For over a decade, the media has painted Taylor Swift as a "serial dater", despite having had a normal dating life. This agenda of slut-shaming has been normalised to such an extent that Taylor has been dehumanised - reducing her from a confident and inspirational woman to merely a throwaway remark. If Taylor were a man, "jokes" like the one in 'Ginny & Georgia' would simply not exist.

Moreover, this narrative (and similar ones) exemplify precisely what fuels misogyny; slut-shaming disempowers women by depriving them of agency over their sexuality. The consequences of this are not only seen in the lives of celebrities. By Netflix promoting the slut-shaming of Taylor Swift, they are promoting its use against all women, regardless if they are in the public eye or not. 

Awful misogynistic comments, like the one in the aforementioned show, belong in decades in the past, not in 2021. The undersigned of this petition demand that:

1.) Netflix unreservedly apologise for the remark in 'Ginny & Georgia', simultaneously apologising to Taylor Swift.

2.) Netflix remove the remark from the show as well as similar remarks from other 'Netflix Original' shows.

3.) Netflix pledge to ensure that no future 'Netflix Original' shows perpetuate misogynistic narratives. 

As Netflix says on its 'Inclusion and Diversity' webpage, its "greatest impact is in storytelling." Please take this opportunity to make that impact positive, not regressive.

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