Netflix Could Be Suspended in Russia due to the Streaming Giant’s LBGTQ+ content

It’s not news that Netflix has been exploring a lot of LGBTQ+ content. Seeing guys or chics hook up has become the norm. But Netflix’s advanced streaming may cost its viewership and some extra pennies in closed-off nations such as Russia.

Russia’s public commissioner for family protection accused the American streaming corporation of violating the Russian law implemented in 2013 concerning airing content that spreads “gay propaganda.”

Specifically, the Russian Interior Minister indicated that a resident, Olga Baranets, issued a complaint on November 10 that Netflix violated the law’s streaming policy that forbids “the airing of non-conventional sexual relations among Russian citizens below the age of 18”, while Netflix’s unnamed LGBTQ+ themed series had shown a 16+ label.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs began its probe after Baranet’s complaint. If Netflix is found guilty of violating Russia’s policy, it could be fined 1 million roubles ($ 13,400) or a 90-day streaming suspension.

According to a Netflix official, the company vetted its content earlier in November and didn’t find any 16+ rated LGBTQ+ content in its listing. Russian officials may, however, restrict content that displays non-traditional sexual relationships and sexual orientations.

Furthermore, part of the reason to further regulate and even block LGBTQ+ content stems from anti-LGBTQ+ comments the Russian President Vladimir Putin made in a speech he made last month in Sochi. President Putin accused Western nations of shoving transgenderism down children’s throats.

What’s your say? Do you support Russia’s move to restrict or ban LGBTQ+ content so popular with Netflix?

Written by Dave Cunningham

Raised and born in West London. Dave is currently studying BA in Psychology at CUNY Hunter College. Netflix favourites: You, Stranger Things, Ozark & Virgin River.

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