Dhaka, Wednesday, 25 May 2022

BGMEA sends letter to Netflix to erase ‘derogatory’ dialogue from film

BGMEA sends letter to Netflix to erase ‘derogatory’ dialogue from film

Apparel Online Desk: Here is the full text of BGMEA’s letter to Netflix CEO Theodore Anthony Sarandos Jr:

Dear Mr. Sarandos,

Hope you are fine and staying safe. We would like to express our great appreciation to the leadership that you have been providing to Netflix and making Netflix the best global streaming content provider of the world. Millions of Bangladeshis enjoy and subscribe to Netflix either from Bangladesh or Bangladeshi diasporas from across different parts of the world.

We would like to draw your kind attention to a French movie "Last Mercenary" directed by David Charon and released on Netflix on 30th July 2021; which contains disrespectful and derogatory comments about 'Made in Bangladesh' garments. The comments in the movie say "Yes, Bulletproof Tuxedo, Made in France. I'd be dead if it were Bangladesh". These comments are tantamount to belittling the hard work, dedication, quality and on time manufacturing commitment of the 4 million garment workers of Bangladesh who are delivering 'Made in Bangladesh' apparel to about 160 countries of the world, including the USA.

We think these disrespectful remarks not only undermined the joint efforts made by Bangladesh RMG Industry along with its international development partners which ensured progress and development that are being recognized internationally and receiving worldwide appreciations; but also dishonored the emotion of millions of consumers worldwide whose wardrobes are full with 'Made in Bangladesh' attires and many of which are their favorites. The apparel manufacturers and workers of Bangladesh put all their dedication and commitments to supply apparel for the top global brands; and they take a lot of pride in what they make. This hard work and pride should be respected by all. Therefore, BGMEA, on behalf of all the manufacturers and workers of the Bangladesh apparel industry, is vehemently protesting the comments made in the movie "Last Mercenary".

In view of the above, we seek and request your urgent attention and demand that the dialogue from the scene of the movie that degrades garments 'Made in Bangladesh' to be expunged. We are also requesting you, being a responsible and reputable company, to stop streaming the movie "Last Mercenary" on Netflix until the dialogue or the scene is removed from the movie. Your heartiest support and cooperation in this regard would be highly appreciated.