Netflix Reality Series “Afflicted” Provokes Controversy and Outrage

 

Mold illness patient Bekah Fly was featured in the Netflix series “Afflicted.”

August 19, 2018

A new Netflix series called “Afflicted” has prompted a good deal of discussion and considerable outrage in the chronic illness community, due to its suggestion that seven featured illness sufferers are likely psychologically rather than  physically ill.

Individuals in the film had been diagnosed by clinicians with a range of conditions, including ME/CFS, mold-related illness, multiple chemical sensitivity, and Lyme disease (acute and chronic).

Many of the patients, family members and physicians featured in the program have spoken out publicly against the final version of the series, saying that their stories were distorted by the producers in the editing room to create the illusion of mental illness while removing almost all evidence of physiological illness.

Reviews from individuals who have viewed part or all of the series may be read on the website Afflicted Reviews, which is presented by Paradigm Change.

A group of more than three dozen scientists, writers, filmmakers and other high-profile individuals wrote an open letter to Netflix executives requesting that the series be removed from the service.

The same letter is available as a petition from ME Action and acquired more than 5,000 signatures in its first two days online.

Another petition has acquired more than 7,000 signatures.

Below are running lists of media and blog articles about the series.

 

Statements from Series Participants

Jamison Hill – September 7, 2018

Glen Zielinski – September 2018

Pilar Olave – August 23, 2018

Group Statement – August 19, 2018

Jamison Hill – August 19, 2018

Jesse Bercowetz – August 19, 2018

Nick Dinnerstein – August 19, 2018

Jake Sidwell – August 19, 2018

Jill Edelstein – August 19, 2018

Janine Feczko – August 19, 2018

Dietrich Klinghardt – August 17, 2018

Jake Sidwell – August 16, 2018

 

Other Discussion & Reviews

Virology Blog – September 24, 2018

Hollywood Reporter – September 20, 2018

Pacific Standard – September 20, 2018

Mic – September 20, 2018

The Mighty – September 19, 2018

The Guardian – September 18, 2018

LA Times – September 18, 2018

Pop Culture – September 16, 2018

Huffington Post – September 12, 2018

Huffington Post – September 11, 2018

Erica Verrillo – September 8, 2018

Diary of a Disabled Person – September 2, 2018

The Elephant in the Room – September 2, 2018

A Cottage Creek Life – August 29, 2018

Patheos – August 26, 2018

Daily Mail – August 23, 2018

The Independent Florida Alligator – August 23, 2018

Occupy M.E. – August 21, 2018

Decider – August 21, 2018

Mahala’s New Normal – August 19, 2018

Solana Armstrong – August 18, 2018

Finder – August 16, 2018

The Mighty – August 16, 2018

John Teufel – August 15, 2018

ME Action – August 14, 2018

Huffington Post – August 14, 2018

Solona Armstrong – August 13, 2018

Goosed – August 12, 2018

The Daily Dot – August 11, 2018

The Review Geek – August 11, 2018

Decider – August 10, 2018

Ready Steady Cut – August 10, 2018

ME Action – August 9, 2018

Twitter Discussion Summary

 

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