Netflix is facing backlash on social media platforms after announcing plans to stream ‘Titanic’, the 1997 film — days after the submarine tragedy.


On June 18, a submersible named Titan descended into the Atlantic Ocean to explore the ruins of the historic Titanic ship.

The ship went missing after which all five passengers on board were declared dead on June 22.

OceanGate’s Titan submersible was designed to take five people to a depth of 4,000 meters to visit the wreckage of the Titanic. The trip cost around $250,000 per person and could take up to 10 hours.


A few days after the incident, Netflix announced that ‘Titanic’, the 1997 blockbuster by James Cameron, will make its return back to the streaming platform on July 1.

The award-winning film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, will be added alongside a handful of other titles.

Netflix’s decision to bring ‘Titanic’ back to the streaming platform after the submersible tragedy has sparked a chorus of condemnation on Twitter.


While some users called out the entertainment company for allegedly “trying to capitalise off a sad tragedy,” others argued that it was “insensitive” for the streaming giant to secure rights to the movie after the Titan submersible imploded.

A user wrote: “So Netflix was like “lets capitalize on this sub thing real quick…gone head and put TITANIC back in the rotation”.

“And the award for unbelievably insensitive timing goes to @netflix,” another user echoed.

In the wake of the criticism, Variety quoted sources familiar with the arrangement as saying that the timing of Titanic’s arrival on Netflix is a coincidence, adding that the “streamer’s licensing deals are ironed out long in advance”.


Below are some of the reactions:


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