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Netflix's "The Three-Body Problem" TV series adaptation has drawn the attention of five Republican U.S. senators who have called for the streamer to think twice about airing the show.
In aco-CEO Ted Sarandos on Wednesday, Sens. Marsha Blackburn, Rick Scott, Kevin Cramer, Thom Tillis and Martha McSally asked him to "seriously reconsider" plans to adapt Chinese author Liu Cixin's sci-fi trilogy to series following comments he made to the New Yorker last year excusing the Chinese government's mass internment of Uighur Muslims.
Netflix Responds to GOP Senators' Questions About Its 'Three-Body Problem' Adaptation
In a letter Friday night, Netflix responded to several questions posed by a group of GOP senators about its upcoming TV series adaptation of the Chinese sci-fi trilogy "The Three-Body Problem," after the series' author appeared to express support for China's treatment of the Uighur minority. And the company's main point: Liu Cixin, the trilogy's author, is not the creator of the show. On Wednesday, five Republican senators — Marsha Blackburn, Rick Scott, Kevin Cramer, Thom Tillis and Martha McSally — published an open letter to Netflix's co-CEO Ted Sarandos asking him to "seriously reconsider" adapting Cixin's series.
Reps for Netflix did not immediately respond to request for comment Thursday.
The project was announced earlier this month, with "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and "The Terror" creator Alexander Woo.
Now, the senators are requesting that the project not go forward. The letter quotesfrom last summer in which they say Cixin "parroted" talking points from the Chinese Communist Party that refer to the Uighurs as "terrorists."
"If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift them out of poverty," Cixin told the New Yorker at the time. "If you were to loosen up the country a bit, the consequences would be terrifying."
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Accusing Netflix of participating in the "normalization" of crimes against the Uighurs, the Senators also requested answers to several questions about the extent of Netflix's knowledge of the internment camps prior to making the deal with Cixin, its policy regarding "public-facing individuals who, either publically or privately, promote principles inconsistent with Netflix's company culture and principles," and whether it agrees that "the Chinese Communist Party's interment of 1.8 to 3 million Uyghurs in internment or labor camps based on their ethnicity is unacceptable?"
The Chinese government's mass internment of the Uighurs has become a big talking point in Hollywood followingover Disney's live-action "Mulan" film, which thanked several Chinese organizations linked to the group's repression.
On Sept. 9, Republican Senator Josh Hawleyscolding Disney for the "Mulan" credits. Filmmaker Judd Apatow also on Twitter, writing, "China has concentration camps with as many as two million people there and so few people dare mention it that it becomes a news item when I do."
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