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Netflix Roasted Straight Pride Before Threatening to Sue Over Logo Use

Netflix Roasted Straight Pride Before Threatening to Sue Over Logo Use

Netflix Roasted Straight Pride Before Threatening to Sue Over Logo Use

"Our legal department is here, it’s queer, and it’s telling you to steer clear."

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In response to straight pride, Netflix just declared "Gay rights!"

Last June, the internet collectively roasted Boston's straight pride parade, a "celebration" of khaki pants wearing, Mountain Dew drinkers who wanted their own day to openly celebrate their heterosexuality in the streets - like they can't do that every day. Over a month later, they're still taking Ls, this time from Netflix.

Organized by Super Happy Fun America (whose members have been linked to far-right and white supremacist groups), the website for Straight Pride listed Netflix's logo as well as 25 other corporations as "prospective sponsors," Towleroad reports.

Netflix was not having any of it.

"You are using the Netflix logo to promote your event," the company's lawyers said in a cease-and-desist, "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.”

You tell 'em, Netflix!

Needless to say, Super Happy Fun America was a teensy bit upset over the development.

“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 labeled us bullies and declared that their legal department 'is here, it’s queer, and it’s telling you to steer clear.'" 

Heterophobic? We have to laugh.

SHFA continued:

"Obviously, Netflix has no qualms about using their position of power to threaten marginalized groups who are exercising their 1st 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."

Go cry about it somewhere else, boys!

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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!