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Netflix Subscribers May Cancel Subscriptions Over Coming Messiah

Netflix announced the airing of a new series on 1st January 2020 titled Messiah. However, many users have threatened that they would cancel their subscriptions if the streaming service airs the show.

 

The overwhelmingly negative response came via social media after the show was announced. Its plot and clips show that it is themed around the Abrahamic faith’s messiah. See one trailer of the show here:

 

 

Although Netflix has not responded to the criticism, the company responded to people who seemingly correctly predicted the show’s ending. Messiah’s premise on Wikipedia reads thus:

 

“The series focuses on the modern world’s reaction to a man, who first appears in the Middle East claiming to be the eschatological coming of ‘Isa (Jesus) or Mahdi of the time. His sudden appearance and apparent miracles gathered a growing international following, casting doubts around who he really is, a case investigated by a CIA officer.”

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Initially, the religious community, especially Muslims, felt that the show was either mocking their faith or predicting something evil happening to them. They called on each other to cancel subscriptions if the show aired as planned.

 

One tweeted:

 

 

Another user said:

 

 

But some people went against the early trend and said it was just a show to be enjoyed and not taken seriously.

 

A positive tweet said:

 

 

However, Netflix did not respond to these exchanges, until people started to expose the ending of the series. Many predicted that the major character, Al Massih ad-Dajjal, would turn out to be a false prophet. They reached the conclusion from translating the name from Arabic to English meaning false messiah or Antichrist.

 

Mehdi Dehbi playing Al Massih ad-Dajjal in Netflix.

 

These predictions made Netflix’s and Messiah’s handles block some users on Twitter. Despite the mixed reactions and possible ending spoilers, some still anticipate the first ten episodes in Season One.

 

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Onwuasoanya Obinna

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