False representation of people who are suffering from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), a petition is screeching streaming giant “Netflix” to remove M. Night Shyamalan’s Split.
The superhero thriller “Split” is the next movie that comes under the radar as a social media campaign to remove the title from Netflix.
Petitioners on social media claim that the characters and storyline are disrespectful to people who are undergoing from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder).
On Twitter, the hashtag “Get SplitOffNetflix” has been created to remove the movie from Netflix. A petition has also been launched to demand from Netflix to takeoff the movie.
While the hashtag is trending all over the world, it is worthless for the American streamers as Split is not available on US Netflix.
The reason behind the petition of removing “Split” from the streaming platform is that the film portrays the wrong picture of DID, and this is creating a false perception of those who are going through this mental disorder in real life.
“Split is a movie that has caused many many many plural people & the plural community at large significant harm due to its misrepresentation of both DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) & Plurality in which it demonizes them & more,” one tweet reads using the #GetSplitOffNetflix hashtag. In a follow-up tweet, the user adds: “It demonizes plurality for entertainment when plural people aren’t like that. Plural people need support & love.
Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan, Split is a sequel of Unbreakable that was released in 2000. The story is about a man, “James McAvoy,” who is suffering from DID mental disorder with twenty-four different identities.
At the time of the release, Split received excellent reviews, and many famous critics commending it as one of the director’s most beautiful works in the entertainment industry. The movie earned massive profit at the box office as well, later bringing about the 2019 follow-up, Glass. Still, the film was criticized by some mental health advocates for stigmatizing DID, so these kinds of complaints are not new in the mental health community.
And this is quite amazing how effective these kinds of petitions and social campaigns can be to remove any particular TV show or movie if people in a majority on social platforms started bawling for it.
However, despite the petition of removing “Split” has been alienating as there are many streamers on Twitter who are not in favor of this idea.
One Split lover says on Twitter in response to the hashtag “This is absolute nonsense. If we ban every single thing that potentially offends an oppressed community group, we would have nothing left”.
As of now, Netflix has not responded to the social media campaign. You can take a look at some of the tweets from both sides of the argument below using the hashtag #GetSplitOffNetflix, and you can also check out the petition to remove the movie from Netflix at Change.org.
As of now, Split is only available in 3 countries on Netflix including France, Italy, and Switzerland. So if you have a Netflix account and residing outside of these countries and want to watch the movie first before signing the petition, you can unblock the library of any of one these countries via Netflix VPN.
Split is a movie that has caused many many many plural people & the plural community at large significant harm due to it’s misrepresentation of both DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) & Plurality in which it demonises them & more.
— irl catgirl (Gaymer™) ❀✿ (@SlimeStarshine) June 23, 2020
this movie literally implies that people with DID are “monsters” and it completely stigmatizes an already heavily stigmatized mental illness. this shit is just wack and ableist #GetSplitOffNetflix pic.twitter.com/2dXaeuzOxI
— a¹²⁷ ia (@sIutwoo) June 23, 2020
— 𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙣𝙩𝙮𝙨𝙤𝙡 ⅞𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙮𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜… (@fntysol) June 23, 2020
@KimKardashian support our movement to #GetSplitOffNetflix
This movie makes people suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder look dangerous. Theres already so much misinformation and stigma out there and this movie made matters way worse!#WEARENOTTHEBEAST
— Mara Lilith (@BarbieBitchVibe) June 23, 2020
Normalize not using mental illness as stupid horror movie tropes but use it for respectful representation. #GetSplitOffNetflix
— Neverland System 🌸 (@Neverland_systm) June 23, 2020
— Elena (@ElenaMotionless) June 23, 2020
Why is everyone so sensitive?
Why does everything have to be politically correct?
This is absolute nonsense.
If we ban every single thing that potentially offends an oppressed community group, we would have nothing left. pic.twitter.com/jmdFltar2I
— TheModernMom #BlackLivesMatter (@_themodernmom_) June 23, 2020
#GetSplitOffNetflix I DO NOT NEED MY FAMILY THINKING I AM A MONSTER.
If you don’t understand how this can affect real life people, look into how the movie Jaws affected sharks.
I wish people were smart enough to not let movie fantasy cloud their judgements but alas.
— Smol Legion (@ShelKRiddle) June 22, 2020