Mock the Movie: Whitewashing Edition

Netflix exec: All right. Tell me about the property.

Development assistant*: It’s called Death Note. It’s very popular in manga form for the—

Netflix exec: Who’s the protagonist?

Development assistant: Light Yagami. He’s a student who—

Netflix exec: What kind of name is that? We’ll have to change it.

Development assistant: I…noted. Change the name.

Netflix exec: Who is this kid?

Development assistant: As I said, he’s a student. He finds a book that kills people.

Netflix exec: And he has to figure out how to stop it?

Development assistant: Not…exactly.

Netflix exec: Well?

Development assistant: He uses it.

Netflix exec: An all-American kid like him? Hmm. We’re going to have to do something about that. All right. I think we’re done here. Next meeting!

  • No, I have no idea what title belongs to the poor schmuck in this scenario. I have people I could ask, but I feel like that would be more effort than Netflix put in on getting things right.

This one is, of course, available on Netflix.

“This sounds awful!” I hear you cry. Yes. Yes, it does. “This must be mocked mercilessly”, you say. Well, then you’re in the right company. The instructions for playing along:

  1. Start following @MockTM on Twitter.
  2. Start watching the movie on the appropriate Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
  3. Once you’ve got the movie going, tweet your snarky comments to @MockTM. Directing our tweets to @MockTM will keep our followers from being overwhelmed with our snark!
  4. Set up a search for @MockTM on Twitter for the duration so you can follow along with everyone else sharing your pain.

If you have suggestions for other movies that can and should be mocked, send them to @MockTM. Preference will be given to movies that are free or stream on the major media delivery services. Watch the feed, and we’ll set up the calendar for more terrible, mockable movies.

Mock the Movie: Whitewashing Edition