Published Aug 30, 2018Netflix's recent comedy film The After Party has received less than positive reviews, but it's not just film critics who are hating on the project. Instead, the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance have complained that the film has offered a negative portrayal of people who experience seizures.
The After Party follows an aspiring performer who goes viral after having a seizure while performing. He earns the nickname "Seizure Boy" after the seizure takes place.
"The portrayal of seizures in this film is inaccurate and portrays those living with seizures in a negative way," Deirdre Floyd, president of the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance, told the Canadian Press.
Floyd wrote Netflix CEO Reed Hastings a letter, writing, "Individuals that have epilepsy often suffer from low self-esteem because they have been mocked in school, (the) workplace, as well as in social settings.... Quite often, the attitude of others around them causes more harm than the actual seizure."
The U.S. Epilepsy Foundation has also written Netflix, though the streaming service has not yet responded to the criticism.