Online Petition Demands Netflix Offer Free Service To Americans Because of Coronavirus

Tiger King is not an essential business.

As Americans continue to shelter in place due to COVID-19, a petition on Change.org with over 38,000 signatures is demanding streaming services including Netflix, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime provide 60 days of free service to Americans to help stop boredom and isolation.

The petition states some Americans cannot afford these services and should receive free service for 60 days without any viewing limits. The petition author argues allowing bored Americans to stream for free would help calm depression and the stress of home isolation.

I’m sorry, but “Tiger King” is not an essential business.

Streaming services are in the entertainment business, and they’re in business to make a profit. They’re not a hospital or doctor’s office. You can live without watching “The Mandalorian” on Disney Plus.

No one wants anyone to suffer increased depression or stress during this pandemic, but it’s not Netflix’s responsibility to provide free service just because someone is bored at home. You could make this same absurd argument about any business or service.

You could start a petition demanding free McDonald’s because we all gotta eat!

Free gas because we all gotta drive (even though there is nowhere to go right now).

These are all businesses, and they have to make a profit to stay open and pay their employees.

Netflix nor any other privately owned business is required to provide their products for free.

Some streaming services like CBS All Access and the HBO app have offered free content to non-subscribers for a couple of weeks, but they weren’t required to, and neither should other services be required to provide free viewing.

If you can’t afford Netflix, find other activities to do to occupy your time.

Maybe try reading a book! Remember books? People used to read them.

If you want video entertainment, you can receive local stations for free from over-the-air broadcasters with rabbit ears.

Or watch YouTube. It’s free and has hundreds of hours of videos you can watch.

With Netflix reporting 16 million new subscribers in the first quarter of this year, doubling its initial projections, don’t look for Netflix to give away their product anytime soon. They do, however, offer a free trial you can use before subscribing.

A lot of Americans forget how blessed they are.

The person that started the petition probably has a smartphone or computer worth hundreds of dollars.

People should stop demanding more for free and be thankful for what they have.

There is no better place in the world to be sheltering in place than in America.

The options to use to keep you entertained are endless, with a lot of free media to consume like this article.

It’s simple. If you want Netflix, buy it. If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.


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