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Netflix delivers smackdown to Boston’s Straight Pride Parade organizers

If Netflix‘s legal department is half as queer as their social media department, they aren’t kidding around.

The streaming giant with more queer content than an angsty gay teen’s AP art sketchbook will not be bullied by anyone, least of all a group of far-right rabble-rousers hell-bent on clutching onto their imagined thread of cultural relevancy.

After learning that the organizers of Boston’s so-called Straight Pride Parade were using the company’s logo on their website and touting them as a “prospective sponsor”, Netflix issued a cease-and-desist order.

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The response it received from organizers is next-level troll trash.

Here’s the letter Netflix sent the group, which goes by “Super Happy Fun America”:

“You are using the Netflix logo to promote your event, which despite its name is about hate–-not pride. That’s gross and deeply hurtful, but it’s also deceptive misinformation and infringes our legal rights. Netflix has nothing to do with your organization or event. Indeed, it’s telling that you feel the need to lie to gain legitimacy. … You should know that we’re unafraid of bullies. Our legal department is here, it’s queer, and it’s telling you to steer clear.”

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And not ones to miss an opportunity to broadcast another intentionally idiotic statement in the hopes of riling up the left (for the record, we are not riled, just watching this all with an eye-rolling curiosity while we wonder who hurt these people to make them want to spend their time on this “cause”), here’s how the organizers responded:

“Sadly, we have learned that Netflix is a heterophobic company steeped in hatred and bigotry. They not only rejected our offer but threatened us with litigation if we did not stop using their name and logo, which is perfectly legal for editorial or informational purposes. Netflix labelled us bullies and declared that their legal department “is here, it’s queer, and it’s telling you to steer clear.” Obviously, Netflix has no qualms about using their position of power to threaten marginalized groups who are exercising their 1stamendment rights. It appears that their legal department is staffed by gay supremacists who are so accustomed to privilege that our goal of equality for straights feels like oppression to them. In fact, it is Netflix that is acting like a bully. We have every right to inform the public about our attempts to gain sponsors for our parade and their hate will not stop us.”