Netflix is racist against Trash Humping

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10.21.10 14 Comments

I always liked Netflix, mainly because they’re not Blockbuster.  On top of that, their business model was superior, they didn’t have late fees, and they had a great selection.  But according to the film’s distributor, Netflix is refusing to carry Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers on the grounds that it’s “too inappropriate” for their subscribers.  Isn’t it awesome when a middle man suddenly starts acting like a taste maker?  Imagine your real estate agent refusing to sell you a house you want because it’s “inappropriate.”  NOT YOUR DEPARTMENT, F*CKFACE.

America’s video rental service of choice has all the previous Korine films – Mister Lonely, julien donkey-boy and Gummo. They offer the film he wrote the script for, Kids. They’re also making available the following films: Antichrist, Irreversible, Emmanuel in America, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and all the Jackass films. What do all these films have in common? They all feature more full-frontal nudity, on-screen sex, violence, rape and/or murder than is featured in Trash Humpers. […]
From their perspective, they may be right: they certainly know their subscribers and their tastes, and might have a better awareness of their breaking point (we thought that might have been f*ckin’ Avatar). So it’s hard to fault them. But we do love a challenge! We don’t expect Netflix to carry anything they don’t want to, for whatever reason, but it reminds us that this is the price paid when we allow one entity to control the lion’s-share of content distribution. For a list of actual-factual mom-and-pop DVD sales-and/or-rental stores still fighting the good fight and carrying Trash Humpers for sale and/or rent, click here.  [Statement from Drag City via ThePlaylist]

You’ll be happy to learn, however, that they do still stock Taintlight. How is that on matters of “taste”, we always end up deferring to the stupidest people?  I’m a grown-ass man and I want to watch people hump trash, okay?  Thank God they’ve still got Rock of Love reruns, or else I don’t know what I’d do.

[Trash humping gif via FourFour]

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