Aussie actor-comedian Sam Gabel has spoken out against the Netflix movie The Get Down, claiming it was racist towards Aboriginal people.
Netflix’s original programming for Australia includes Australian versions of many of its movies, including The Good Wife and Orange is the New Black.
“I was in Australia for three years and I was a huge fan of The Getdown,” Mr Gabel told the ABC’s 7:30 program.
“The movie was racist.
The film was insulting.
It was an insult to the native people of Australia.”
Netflix is known for releasing original content in English for Australia.
Its Australian service now includes Australian and New Zealand versions of a handful of its films, including Big Fish, The Getaway, and House of Cards.
Mr Gabel said that he thought the company had a responsibility to take action against the film.
“It’s something that they could have done for us, and we don’t think they should have done that,” he said.
“We can’t stand by and watch as they do things like that.”
The Netflix statement said the company would “re-evaluate” the content.
“While we’re not commenting on specific films, we’re very proud of the work that we do for Indigenous people around the world,” the company said.
Topics:language,april-28th,asians,indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander,film,broadcasting,melbourne-3000,vic,australiaFirst posted November 25, 2018 16:05:47Contact Anna Braid