Netflix added warning to Stranger Things 4 premiere after Uvalde school shooting

Netflix added warning to Stranger Things 4 premiere after Uvalde school shooting

The content warning is a thoughtful addition by the “Stranger Things” team, especially when one of the series’ major themes has been to strongly criticize the US government, the military-industrial complex, and the way children are used as pawns by the adults who are supposed to protect them from harm. El/Eleven/Jane was introduced to us as a child who discovered she had been kidnapped, experimented on, and raised in a secret lab. As we learn over the seasons, the reason Jane was found with “011” tattooed on her wrist was because it was her designated test subject number. She is not the only one of her kind, and there are other children who have been taken and forced to train to prepare for borderline militaristic situations without their consent.

Like someone who unfortunately had to animate Active Shooter/Run.Hide.Fight. Procedural exercises for elementary school students, I can say with the greatest authority that “Stranger Things” isn’t far behind in its messaging. From the start, the series showed the ill effects of forcing children into traumatic situations in the way Eleven struggles to acclimate to the real world. This difficulty exists for so many children across the country, yet they are not equipped with superhuman abilities to protect them. Schoolchildren should make friends, find their way as humans in this world and receive a quality education, not be forced into life or death situations because adults in power refuse to take any action that leads to their safety.

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