Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, tweeted this truth on Tuesday: “The Woke Mind Virus is making Netflix unreachable.”
Awakened Mind virus makes Netflix inaccessible
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 20, 2022
Whether you find Musk’s apparent red pilling cynical or heartfelt, he’s not wrong about Netflix. On Tuesday, we learned the shocking news that rather than adding 2.5-2.7 million subscribers, as expected, for the first time in 11 years, Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers.
Additionally, Netflix announced that it expects to lose another two million this quarter.
As a result, Netflix shares fell 25%.
The point of view is important. Netflix still has 219 million subscribers worldwide, putting it well ahead of its closest US competitors, like Disney+, with 130 million subscribers worldwide.
It’s also worth noting that Disney’s professional groomers saw their stock tank 31 percent.
Also, financially, Netflix is in much better shape than it was a few years ago. Netflix is no longer in a vicious cycle of borrowing hundreds of millions to create original content and asking for more. With 219 million monthly subscribers, Netflix brings in something like $2.5 billion – with a “B” – every month.
So what’s going on?
For starters, Netflix is no longer alone. Over the past few years, especially from Disney+ and HBOMax, Netflix has not only faced real competition for streaming dollars, but its library has also been emptied of TV shows and movies owned by streaming services. competitors, who use them for their own libraries.
A real problem, however, is that almost all of Netflix’s original content sucks the big bucks.
Go back 15 years and watch what I wrote on Netflix. I’m not the brightest port light, but once I got a taste of Netflix streaming, I knew it was the future. I sang Netflix’s praises for stumbling through this curve with what was originally an add-on to its record business, and then realized this curve was The Future.
I loved Netflix. Not just because it was new, but because streaming meant the provider had to respond directly to the consumer. That’s just not true with cable TV, where the basement rated channels – CNN, MTV, etc. – stay on the air with the affirmative action of packages that force customers to pay for channels they hate.
At first, Netflix delivered. There were a lot of interesting things to watch, and Card castleNetflix’s first serious foray into original programming, was edgy and daring to criticize the establishment, especially Democrats and the political media.
As far as I was concerned, Netflix had cracked the code.
Then Netflix continued to increase its prices.
Then Netflix woke up.
Now Netflix looks like a huge pile of old TV shows and movies and new TV shows and movies that are all woke garbage.
Two exceptions are The Ozarks, which ends next month, and Cobra Kai, which is about to begin its fifth season. So there is You better call Saul, which remained bright and unawakened, but it’s an AMC show distributed by Netflix. It also ends this year. Everything I watch on Netflix now is true crime, and even that isn’t very good. The documentaries are either too long or explore the case through a waking prism which adds no insight into what makes true crime so fascinating and that’s what it tells us about the human condition without ceases to be fascinating. Woke is a lie. Therefore, you don’t learn anything about anything. It is an empty experience.
I’m sure there’s a pony or two in Netflix’s huge woke/gay/white/male guilt/anti-Christian/anti-family/pro-perversion pile of shit, but life’s too short to do sorting. And that’s such a shame because Netflix literally spends billions and billions of dollars on garbage that no one will ever watch. And when there’s competition, people aren’t going to pay $15 a month for a streaming service that has nothing in store for them.
You’d think Netflix would learn something from its failed $300 million experiment with Ryan Murphy, a creepy arch3woketard who produced nothing but high-profile flops.
You’d think Netflix would look at its own top ten rankings and wonder why its ten most popular movies are, to date…#2 The cleaner (2007), #4 Ouija board: the origin of evil (2016), #5 shrek forever (2010), #6 Shrek (2001), #7 The call (2013), #8 The blind side (2009), #9 Shrek 2 (2004).
Look at this!
Netflix spends billions on original movies, and seven of its top ten are made up of old movies, five of which are over ten years old, and two (The call, the cleaner) weren’t even box office hits.
Of its top ten TV shows, only five are Netflix originals. Netflix spends literally billions of dollars on original programming, and its customers mostly watch reality shows and shows produced elsewhere.
It’s not sustainable.
Woke is not durable.
Netflix can either start delivering real entertainment or lose its notoriety and exorbitant stock price.
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