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Elon Musk Says ‘Woke Mind Virus’ Makes Netflix ‘Unwatchable’

Elon Musk said Netflix is ​​losing subscribers because its programming has been infected with the “Wake Mind Virus” that has rendered the streaming service “invisible.”

Tesla’s billionaire boss reacted to Netflix’s share price decline in premarket trading on Wednesday, after the California-based company said it lost 200,000 subscribers between January and March this year.

The company expects to lose another 2 million subscribers by the end of the second quarter.

Musk didn’t specify what content was “woken up” on Netflix, although the company has been criticized for programming that some saw as provocative.

Earlier this year, He’s Expecting, a Japanese-language comedy about a man who becomes pregnant, was released.

Netflix also released Dear White People, an original series about the experiences of black students with an Ivy League colleague. The series caused quite a stir based on what some were saying a racist portrayal of whites.

Elon Musk has criticized the streaming giant after its subscriber base plummeted.
Elon Musk has criticized the streaming giant after its subscriber base plummeted.
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Another recently released documentary, Vikings: Valhalla, was criticized for inaccurately portraying women as Viking warriors.

However, last year Netflix was criticized by LGBTQ activists and their supporters for not censoring Dave Chappelle’s standup special, which contained jokes and comments about transgender people.

Netflix’s 26% plunge after Tuesday’s bell wiped out about $40 billion of its market value. The company has lost nearly half its value since it warned of weak subscriber growth in January.

Netflix shares fell more than 25% after Tuesday's bell.
Netflix shares fell more than 25% after Tuesday’s bell.
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Netflix said it lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of this year -- the first time it has lost customers in more than 10 years.
Netflix said it lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of this year — the first time it has lost customers in more than 10 years.
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It was the first time in more than 10 years that Netflix reported a drop in the number of paying subscribers.

The company said inflation, the war in Ukraine and stiff competition between streaming services are causing its customer base to erode.

Delayed subscriber growth led Netflix to say for the first time that it might offer a cheaper version of the service with ads.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/20/elon-musk-says-woke-mind-virus-makes-netflix-unwatchable/ Elon Musk Says ‘Woke Mind Virus’ Makes Netflix ‘Unwatchable’

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