Netflix Adds Content Warning To Stranger Things Season 4 Premiere After Texas School Shooting

Due to the general but chilling similarities, the opening scenes of stranger things 4 In light of the recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Netflix has issued a content warning.

In addition to a summary of Strange things‘ previous chapters, the new season begins with a short message explaining that while production continues stranger things 4 Wrapped in 2021, viewers may be disturbed by parallels between scenes from the first episode and the real-world Texas school shooting that left two teachers and 19 schoolchildren dead. In the days before Strange things‘ season 4 premiere, Netflix had previously uploaded the scenes in question to YouTube as a sneak peek, but the video has since been removed. The Netflix content warning, pictured below, appears when you play the season 4 premiere, and it appears that the message only appears the first time you hit play.

Though stranger things 4 It is primarily set in 1986, the season premiere, “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club”, picks up a few years earlier, when Hawkins National Laboratories were still in operation and experimenting on Eleven and other children with enhanced abilities. “The Hellfire Club” frames the Hawkins lab as a prison and school setting for Eleven and her companions, and the episode details how their time there culminated in a horrific attack that left most of the children and staff dead. Both inside and outside the larger context that reveals itself as the rest of Strange thingsAs the final season unfolds, the Hawkins lab massacre closely resembles the show’s version of a school shooting due to its focus on defenseless children losing their lives in classrooms.

It feels important to note that the series premiere of Obi Wan Kenobi also opens on a scene of children being murdered in a school setting, a snapshot of one of the most significant moments in Star Wars‘ history. Disney has since added a content warning, but it appears on the Show Details page, rather than at the beginning of the episode itself. According to Varietythe warning initially read “Although this fictional series is a continuation of the story of Star Wars Movies shot many years ago, some scenes may be disturbing to viewers in light of recent tragic events.” It has since been shortened to “There are certain scenes in this fictional series that some viewers may find disturbing.”

Obi Wan Kenobi Y stranger things 4 leading with gruesome school murders may be a total coincidence. But in the wake of what happened in Uvalde, it’s hard not to see that both shows have tapped into something deeply broken in the country in which they are produced, all at one of the most difficult times imaginable.

Update May 28, 9:24 am ET: Updated to add information about the Disney Plus content warning for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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