Twitter users call Netflix 'sexist' after it tweets don't call romantic comedies, chick flicks

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 17, 2019, 06.07 PM (IST)

Netflix recently had a fallout with some Twitter users after it posted on the social media platform that people should not use the term ‘chick flicks’ for romantic comedy films. They wrote that it “cheapens the work that goes into making these types of films.”

They tweeted this message on Monday. Post the message, some users dissed Netflix calling out their reasoning and calling it “sexist”. 

Netflix posted that the phrase implied “something trivial” about watching romantic comedies, to which, some users pointed that ‘chick’ is merely slang for women and that it refers to the primary target audience for a particular movie.

Netflix tweeted: “Quick PSA: Can we stop calling films "chick flicks" unless the films are literally about small baby chickens? Here’s why this phrase should absolutely be retired (thread):

'For starters, 'chick flicks' are traditionally synonymous with romantic comedies. This suggests that women are the only people interested in 1. Romance 2. Comedy. Which I can promise from the men I’ve come across in my life – simply isn’t true.”

They continued and wrote, “There aren’t sweeping categories specific to men. You don’t hear people asking to watch "man movies" – instead, pretty much every intersection of genre is on the table and seen as for men, except, of course, the aforementioned rom-coms. The term also cheapens the work that goes into making these types of films. Romantic comedies and/or films centered around female leads go through just as much editing, consideration, and rewriting as any other film.”

Netflix explained their reasons and wrote, “And nicknaming films "chick flicks" drives home that there’s something trivial about watching them. But what’s trivial about watching a film that makes you feel 1,000 emotions in ~90 minutes?”

One user replied to these and wrote, “If chick flicks make you feel like they are trivial, then YOU are the sexist! @NetflixFilm.”

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Netflix posted that the phrase implied “something trivial” about watching romantic comedies, to which, some users pointed that ‘chick’ is merely slang for women and that it refers to the primary target audience for a particular movie.