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Texas shooting: Netflix adds content warning to Stranger Things Season 4 premiere

Following the Texas shooting and its resemblance to the opening of Stranger Things 4, Netflix is adding a content warning to the premiere. The production company added the message:

“We filmed this season of Stranger Things a year ago. But given the recent tragic shooting at a school in Texas, viewers may find the opening scene of episode 1 distressing. We are deeply saddened by this unspeakable violence, and our hearts go out to every family mourning a loved one.”

The first episode, titled “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club,” started with a memory of a functioning Hawkins National Laboratories before unfolding into a horrific massacre scene of the gifted children. After watching the scene, it is quite easy to see why the trigger warning Netflix attached to it is important.

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However, by comparison, Lucasfilm (and by extension, Disney) failed to attach a warning (nor a statement after) to the Obi-Wan Kenobi premiere, despite it also opening with scenes of children being murdered in a school setting.

Although the series had been completed over a year before the incident, the similarities between the scenes and the real life incident is quite disturbing.

21 people – two teachers and 19 students – were killed in the attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. You can read details of the incident here: What we know about the victims of the Uvalde school shooting.

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