Yesha Callahan

Beyond the Lights Director Upset Over Netflix’s Categorizing of the Film

518516360-Beyond-the-Lights-Director-on-the-Maddening-ChallengesI’ve often thought that Netflix’s movie recommendations were quite shady. And by shady, I mean biased and racist. Whenever I log into the site, I notice their black movie section isn’t exactly desirable. And when I logged into it a few weeks ago when Beyond the Lights was added, I wondered why it wasn’t in the ‘regular’ movie area.

And apparently I’m not the only one wondering.

Screenwriter and director of Beyond the Lights, Gina Prince-Bythewood doesn’t appreciate the fact that Netflix has ghettoized her film. And she’s been vocal about it on social media. The filmmaker believes that her film should be marketed to everyone on Netflix, not just in the ‘black’ section.

What she says makes sense, but I doubt Netflix will change their logarithm when it comes to their films. I mean, if they did, how would I ever know about the low budge films Vivica Fox is always in?

  1. August 6, 2015 - Reply

    I agree whole heartedly with this article and the director. As in black movies aren’t worthy? Black folks aren’t one dimensional.

  2. August 6, 2015 - Reply

    i noticed the racism in netflix categories too. when i first signed up i was excited about having lots of black films to choose from, but the black catalogue is mostly crap. then on top of that, none of the quality black pieces are in the right sections. i’m pretty sure their algorithm goes something like this: if black, lump together, if non-black, categorize and promote. b/c of this i got turned off quickly and hardly used it.

  3. August 6, 2015 - Reply

    “Beyond the Lights” is a great film that shows how the music industry is and how powerful and personal love is in real life. The cast of the film did a great job in their numerous performances. Gina Prince-Bythewood has the right to proclaim that the stories of black people are diverse and multifaceted. Our stories are part of the human story in general. Another point is to be made too. Films like “Beyond the Lights” can exist in multiple categories and Netflix knows that too. So. Gina has the right to speak her mind on this issue and great films are art. True art is not necessarily limited in its scope. It can appeal to a cross section of human beings because of it lasting message, its creativity, and it its succinct depth. Black voices will always matter and the gift of human expression is sacrosanct.

  4. August 7, 2015 - Reply

    good movie. minnie driver was surprising

  5. August 8, 2015 - Reply

    Way to literally put us in a box Netflix. Why don’t you Netfix this mistake!

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