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Singer Duffy slams Netflix over kidnap film ‘365 Days,’ saying it ‘glamorizes’ sexual violence

Singer Duffy slams Netflix over kidnap film ‘365 Days,’ saying it ‘glamorizes’ sexual violence

Welsh singer Duffy, who revealed earlier this year that she had been kidnapped and raped, has written an open letter to Netflix, criticizing the streaming service for its decision to air the “erotic” kidnap film “365 Days.”

Addressing Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, she wrote in the letter, dated July 2 and seen by CNN, that the film “glamorizes the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape.”

The film, which Netflix describes as an “erotic drama,” is based on the bestselling Polish novel “365 dni” by Blanka Lipinska. It tells the story of a woman who is abducted, imprisoned and repeatedly sexually abused by a mafia boss — who gives her one year to fall in love with him.

“Today, I really don’t know what to think, say, or do, other than to reach out and explain to you in this letter how irresponsible it was of Netflix to broadcast the film ‘365 Days,'” the 36-year-old singer wrote in the letter to Hastings.

“This should not be anyone’s idea of entertainment, nor should it be described as such, or be commercialized in this manner,” she said, adding that the film “distorts” sexual violence, “eroticises” kidnapping and was “careless, insensitive, and dangerous.”

Following a long hiatus away from the public eye, Duffy revealed in an Instagram post in February that she had been raped and drugged.

In April, she published further details of the ordeal in a post on her own website, in order, she said, to free herself of her emotional burden and help others who “have suffered the same.”

In the post, she said she had been kidnapped, taken to a foreign country, and raped over a four-week period after being drugged at a restaurant on her birthday.

“I knew my life was in immediate danger, he made veiled confessions of wanting to kill me,” she wrote. “I was high risk of suicide in the aftermath.”

Duffy is not the only critic of “365 Days,” which has received a number of poor reviews, including a 0% score on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

CNN has reached out to Netflix for comment on Duffy’s letter.

Read the letter in full

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When the music video for Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s first collab dropped Friday, one revelation left fans stunned: Kylie Jenner.

The music video for “WAP” features the two rappers luxuriating in a huge, pastel-toned mansion — strutting down hallways and dancing with cheetahs.

About halfway in, the music stops and is replaced by the sound of clicking heels. The camera zooms in on the edge of a cheetah-print gown and slowly moves up. Anticipation is built. Then, it is revealed: Jenner, who says nothing in the video yet warrants a 25-second pause.

Many fans, it seems, were not exactly thrilled — so much so that a petition to remove Jenner from the video has already received more than 33,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

The description of the petition gets right to the point: “The video was perfect until we saw K and I wanted to throw my phone.”

On person took matters into her own hands, editing Jenner’s part out of the video and uploading it onto Twitter, where it has almost 300,000 views.

Jenner isn’t the only cameo in the “WAP” video. Artists like Normani, Mulatto, Sukihana and Rubi Rose are given cameos toward the end, in an effort to uplift fellow female musicians.

The problem many have with Jenner’s appearance is rooted in her history of what’s been coined as “blackfishing,” an attempt at mimicking the look and style of Black women. Just this year, Jenner posted a photo of herself on Twitter in a long, curly blonde wig with noticeably darker skin.

“When will your family be done cosplaying Black women?” one user bluntly asked.

Her appearance has become so denounced that Betty White began trending on Twitter in an effort to have White replace Jenner in the video.

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