Many were excited last year when Netflix added the TV series Anne with an E, a retelling of the 20th century classic children’s novel Anne of Green Gables. The innocent novel series told of adventures, mishaps, and lessons learned by a young orphan, Anne Shirley. More than 50 million copies of Anne of Green Gables has been sold, it has been translated into at least 36 languages.
As an “Anne with an E” myself, I found the title amusing and dove right into the series last year. Those who have read the books or watched the older TV series were more than likely greatly disappointed by the overall change in outlook. Where hope had been paramount in the original depiction, oppression prevailed in the first season of Anne with an E. And though it was replete with artistic visual effects and quality performances, hints of feminism were sprinkled throughout the first season.
This season, Netflix has taken it to the next level. Once used as a tool to encourage children around the world to overcome challenges in the face of adversity, Anne of Green Gables has clearly been hijacked for the purpose of normalizing homosexuality.
You probably already know that Netflix has been pushing suicide, drug use, and sexual deviancy with shows like 13 Reasons Why. Then there’s Desire, a show so alarming that AFA and its supporters are urging the Department of Justice to investigate Netflix for peddling child porn.
Each person and family has a line to be crossed. As a family who stopped purchasing cable services over a decade ago, we had become a bit dependent on Netflix over the years. But for us, the time had arrived. We recently closed our Netflix account. And apparently, we’re not the only ones. Forbes reported the streaming giant’s second quarter stock plunged after missing its subscriber forecast by one million.
The writer of Anne with an E is Moira Walley-Beckett, known for her writing on Breaking Bad, a Netflix series about a high school chemistry teacher and former student who become partners in cooking and distributing Crystal Methamphetamine.
Pluggedin.com, Focus on the Family’s publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment, describes Breaking Bad:
“[T]he path which we must take to get to the moral at the end is as dark and depraved as any we see on television. The violence and the murders and the sheer horror of this world is categorically oppressive, absolutely harrowing in its brutality and realism.”
Even left-leaning salon.com describes the main characters in the series with concern:
"If Walt and Jesse are horrible human beings, then what does that make us, the loyal viewers? Complicit. They're our stand-ins. They are capable of almost anything, and there is almost nothing we won't watch them do. It's the line about how to cook a frog in a pan of water; the show's writers turned up the heat so gradually that it isn't until season two or three that you looked down at your arm and thought, 'Hey, are those blisters?'"
That seems to be the Netflix style.
The twisted rewriting of the inspiring book series Anne of Green Gables portrays Great Aunt Josephine Barry, who Anne greatly admires for her strength and independence, as a life-long lesbian who throws parties for homosexuals and cross-dressers – sensitive, artistic individuals who are mistreated by society. And in a dramatic scene, a young boy is comforted by Anne as he shares his struggle as someone who is “different,” and after observing the lifestyle of Aunt Josephine, acknowledging that he is “gay.”
Anne is portrayed as a highly intelligent girl who develops a newly informed view of “love,” articulated in a conversation with her caregiver:
“I think I learned some things about love too. It doesn’t look the same for everyone. It can come in so many forms. And how can there be anything wrong with a life if it’s spent with a person you love.”
In classic Netflix style, the viewers are drawn into the story with emotionally charged character development and identification. The characters are dragged out of a time when virtues were honored and onto the stage of today’s sexually corrupt society.
Maybe you’re thinking your kids are safe because you’ve utilized the parental controls. But keep in mind that because Anne with an E doesn’t show actual sexual content, nudity, or use swear words, it has bypassed the system and secured a TV-PG rating. What seems innocent is far from it.
As parents, we must realize an agenda is being pushed relentlessly to influence the minds and hearts of our children…and everyone else for that matter.