The NY Times has recently come under fire for an article suggesting that Netflix’s acquisition of a Korean drama had something to do with affirmative action.
The article, which has since been quietly amended amidst the backlash, listed a handful of new shows for readers to view at their leisure. It previously stated that the South Korean Drama, “Stranger”, was an “affirmative-action slot” added to Netflix’s roster, as the company must have recognized “the ubiquity and popularity of South Korean dramas“.
After criticism, the snippet was changed completely, but it still didn’t completely redeem itself; it now implies that South Korean dramas are “awkward” and “obvious”.
Netizens were upset at the publication for likening the addition of the KDrama as an affirmative action move.
“This is an affirmative action slot.” WHITE BITCH, YOU ARE AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION SLOT. NYTimes steady trash.
— 100% that bitch, M.A. (s/h) (@bettyhonest) December 6, 2017
affirmative action pick huh? Interesting… no editor there thought that was problematic? No? Not surprised.
— Youse A BIGLY Bum (@kelleent) December 5, 2017
This is so frustrating. Dismissive and lazy on the part of the @nytimes critic. Affirmative Action slot? Come on.
— kdramas with friends (@kdramaswfriends) December 6, 2017
If it’s “recognizing the ubiquity and popularity” how the hell is that affirmative-action?!?
— Jolly James Lucas (@jameslucasjones) December 6, 2017
Also as far as foreign language shows that were released by Netflix, I remember seeing English dubs of German, Brazilian, and Swedish shows about a year ago, yet nobody mentioned “affirmative action” or anything like that.
— Rachel (@The_NobleWoman) December 6, 2017
And it’s bizarre that he says K-dramas are popular, but then says the show is only there as “affirmative action.” Clearly, it’s there because people like Korean shows. It would only be something like affirmative action if it were offered despite nobody wanting it.
— MFinChina (@MFinChina) December 6, 2017
But the correction simply reads:
“In earlier version of this article misstated the number of episodes in the murder mystery “Stranger.” It has 16 episodes, not eight.”
The deletion of the affirmative action line, the “culture difference” line, etc. are not mentioned.
— Movies Silently (@MoviesSilently) December 6, 2017
The editor, Gilbert Cruz, responded to the backlash.
Hello Chris. I am that editor. I was off today or I would have responded sooner. Calling “Stranger” an affirmative action pick was bad phrasing. For transparency’s sake, letting you know that we are going to change it. Would love to talk more about it after we do that if you like
— Gilbert Cruz (@gilbertcruz) December 5, 2017
What do you think? Have they solved the problem, or should they have done more? Let us know in the comments!
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