Five U.S. Republican senators confronted Netflix in the streaming media giant’s plan to adapt the Chinese science fiction trilogy and expressed concern about the original author’s comments about forced labor in Xinjiang.
Liu Cixin’s best-selling “Three-Body Problem”, which tells the story of humans’ first contact with aliens, will become an important Netflix series of movies co-written by the creators of “Game of Thrones.”
In a letter to content owner Ted Sarandos, the senator accused Liu of “risking danger [Communist Party] Publicity” and suggested that Netflix “provide Mr. Liu with a platform to produce the project”.
They highlighted an article in The New Yorker last year, which quoted Liu defending the mass detentions in Xinjiang in northwestern China, where activists said more than one million Uighurs and other Turkish-speaking people were being detained. Locked in the camp.
“Do you want them to attack dead bodies in train stations and schools in terrorist attacks?” Liu told the magazine. “If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift them out of poverty.”
According to the Senator’s letter, the adaptation of Liu’s work would represent “the normalization of these crimes or an apology”.
It concluded: “We ask Netflix to seriously consider the significance of this project by providing a platform for Mr. Liu.”
Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
President Donald Trump’s administration has put pressure on China on a series of issues and imposed sanctions on Xinjiang’s policies.
With Trump’s reelection campaign approaching, Republicans recently pushed Netflix into the U.S. election and had a separate debate on the French film “Cuties”, which was accused of sexualizing little girls.
Conservative activists say that the show is a byproduct of Hollywood’s often intertwined culture with excessive liberalism, and it promotes pedophilia.
Its director denied these allegations and said that the film criticized young girls for excessive sexual behavior.
Republicans also pointed out that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (Reed Hastings) is an important contributor to the Democratic Party.
Liu’s father joined the Communist Party during the Chinese Civil War, but was later sent to work in a coal mine in the northern part of the country, and the author himself was described in The New Yorker as “no dissident”.
Liu Chuanzhi’s trilogy (his famous fans include former President Barack Obama) imagined another piece of history in which a Chinese astrophysicist came into contact with an alien civilization, triggering a global fear of invasion.
Netflix announced earlier this month an adaptation that includes “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
Game of Thrones duo David Benioff and DB Weiss will co-create the series.
Liu said in an official statement at the time that the Doomsday series “transcended time and the boundaries of nationality, culture and race.”
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