Forgive me for trying to take this seriously.. But people are really upset that the newest season of STRANGER THINGS 3 featured people smoking .. so much that Netflix how now agreed to keep cigs out of PG14 shows!
Netflix has responded to a new report that found its depictions of smoking tripled last year by pledging to eliminate smoking in all TV programming rated TV-14 and below or PG-13 and under for movies. The pledge comes just one day after the premiere of “Stranger Things,” the streamer’s most popular show, which is singled out in the report as one of the top three offenders in onscreen portrayals of cigarette smoking. The top two are “Orange Is the New Black” and “Fuller House,” oddly enough.
“Netflix strongly supports artistic expression. We also recognize that smoking is harmful and when portrayed positively on screen can adversely influence young people,” a Netflix spokesperson told EW in a statement. “Going forward, all new projects that we commission with ratings of TV-14 or below for series or PG-13 or below for films, will be smoking and e-cigarette free — except for reasons of historical or factual accuracy.”
Forgive me for being the ‘old man in the room’ at the HORROR REPORT, but stroll back in time.. My mall and many others across the nation were filled with smoke. Everyone smoked. Moms. Dads. Kids. Teens. It was the ‘cool thing’ to get lung cancer. Times have changed, but changing history seems ludicrous. Especially when I noticed how STRANGER THINGS 3 actually got it right concerning the smoking issue. It was the go to habit of the time.
Reinventions are fun, I suppose. But for those who lived in their 5-10s in the 80s know the truth. Smoke filled the air above us all of the time…