Netflix has told the organisers behind Boston’s Straight Pride to stop using its logo on materials that suggest it might be a prospective sponsor.
In an email to Super Happy Fun American (the group behind Straight Pride), Netflix wrote, “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.”
Super Happy Fun America were ordered to “immediately” remove the Netflix logo from all materials associated with the event, with the threat of further legal action if this is not done within 24 hours.
Netflix went further and said the event “is about hate – not pride” and “It’s telling that you need to feel the need to lie to gain legitimacy.”
In response, Super Happy Fun America said via a website post, Netflix’s legal team was staffed by gay supremists and that the company “hates the straight”.
“We believed that they would jump at the opportunity to become involved in our young civil rights movement,” they wrote. “Sadly, we have learned that Netflix is a heterophobic company steeped in hatred and bigotry.”
The post continues: “Obviously, Netflix has no qualms about using their position of power to threaten marginalised groups who are exercising their first amendment 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.”