Netflix continued to cement its reputation as a business committed to equal representation by striking back at homophobic comments made over the new series Elite.
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The Spanish drama series–a sort of Castilian answer to the teen CW dramas–follows a group of students at a prestigious high school in Spain, along with all the hidden drama, sex and secrets that saturate just such an environment. As tension builds between the students, a murder threatens to reveal all.
Elite uses its premise to examine different romantic dynamics between rich and poor students, Christians and Muslims, and among straight and gay students too. Netflix released a still of the budding gay relationship between the characters Omar (Omar Ayuso) and Ander (Aron Piper), with some rather steamy insinuations. Naturally, the homophobes couldn’t resist the urge to complain. As the negative comments flooded in over Instagram, Netflix decided to affirm its position: “sorry I couldn’t read your comment while surrounded by all these rainbows,” it wrote.
Netflix’s bold denouncement encouraged other fans of the series to defend its storyline, and actually raised interest in the series to a new level. Netflix’s defense comes as the latest in a long succession of defending LGBTQ-themed content on the streaming service. Last month, the company hit back at homophobic viewers denouncing the new dance-themed reality show Dancing Queen hosted by Drag Race alum Alyssa Edwards.
Season 1 of Elite streams on Netflix now.