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“Woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable”: Elon Musk as OTT giant sees fall in subscribers

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Elon Musk expressed his opinion on Netflix only hours after the streaming platform’s value plummeted by roughly 25%.

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“The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable,” the Tesla CEO wrote in response to a report claiming that Netflix’s subscription numbers had dropped for the first time in ten years.

Musk was apparently alluding to the OTT behemoth’s recent backlash over material that was deemed restrictive in many ways. For example, Netflix was chastised last year for Dave Chappelle’s stand-up special ‘The Closer’, which was widely regarded as transphobic.

And, this is not the first time when the Tesla boss has compared being woke to a virus.

The tech mogul has previously warned that the “biggest threat to civilization” is “wokeness.” Musk said that political correctness is one of the greatest risks to society in an interview with the parody website Babylon Bee. He slammed attempts to cancel Dave Chappelle in particular, as well as the “woke agenda” and “cancel culture.”

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Meanwhile, Netflix’s stock has plummeted after the company reported less-than-favorable quarterly profits. The OTT platform had 221.6 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2022, significantly fewer than in the last quarter of 2021. “We’re not growing revenue as fast as we’d like,” in an earnings letter, the platform indicated.

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