Duffy Has Criticised New Movie 365 Days For ‘Glamourising Sex Trafficking’
"Tragically, victims of trafficking and kidnapping are unseen, and yet in 365 Days their suffering is made into an 'erotic drama',"
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Welsh singer Duffy has criticised a new film which recently landed on Netflix, and has basically taken over TikTok, in an open letter which states that the film glamorises “the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape”. This open letter follows another which Duffy released early this year, that told the horrific story of how Duffy was held captive, drugged and raped.
The film in question, 365 Days, follows the story of Laura, who is imprisoned by Mafia leader Massimo. On the streaming site, Netflix describes the film as “a fiery executive in a spiritless relationship falls victim to a dominant mafia boss, who imprisons her and gives her one year to fall in love with him.”
In Duffy’s open letter which penned the problem with depicting the violence in the film as romantic. “This should not be anyone’s idea of entertainment, nor should it be described as such, or be commercialized in this manner, I write these words (ones I cannot believe I am writing in 2020, with so much hope and progress gained in recent years), as an estimated 25 million people are currently trafficked around the world, not to mention the untold amounts of people uncounted.”
“It grieves me that Netflix provides a platform for such ‘cinema’, that eroticises kidnapping and distorts sexual violence and trafficking as a ‘sexy’ movie,” she continued. “I just can’t imagine how Netflix could overlook how careless, insensitive, and dangerous this is. It has even prompted some young women, recently, to jovially ask Michele Morrone, the lead actor in the film, to kidnap them.”
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“We all know Netflix would not host material glamorizing paedophilia, racism, homophobia, genocide, or any other crimes against humanity,’ Duffy added. ‘The world would rightly rise up and scream. Tragically, victims of trafficking and kidnapping are unseen, and yet in 365 Days their suffering is made into an ‘erotic drama’, as described by Netflix.”
Previously, Duffy bravely shared the reason behind her absence in the music scene, sharing a link in a now-deleted Instagram post which said, “It troubles me that this story contains sorrow, when so many need the opposite of that at this time. I can only hope that my words serve as a momentary distraction or maybe even some comfort that one can come out of darkness.”
She continued to recall a traumatic event which happened to her, stating, “It was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant, I was drugged then for four weeks and travelled to a foreign country. I can’t remember getting on the plane and came round in the back of a travelling vehicle. I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me. I remember the pain and trying to stay conscious in the room after it happened. I was stuck with him for another day, he didn’t look at me, I was to walk behind him, I was somewhat conscious and withdrawn.”
If you have been affected by Duffy’s story or the premise behind 365 Days and are in need of advice, support, or information you can contact Women’s Aid on 1800 341 900.
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