Dec 6, 2019

Messiah: Netflix trailer 'reveals spoiler' to Muslim viewers

Netflix released the first trailer for its upcoming thriller Messiah this week - and inadvertently revealed a major plot twist to many Muslim viewers. Netflix tweeted the trailer with the question: "Who do you think he is?". Later, the same Twitter user posted screenshots appearing to show they had been blocked by both the Netflix and Messiah accounts. One person wrote that "Muslims figured out the twist ending of the Netflix 'Messiah' show because they literally named the character Dajjal", but Netflix's official Twitter account responded: "That's not actually the character's name." Author G Willow Wilson said it was still "Heavy handed" of Netflix to call the character Al-Masih, rather than "Bob, or Abdel Halim el Helwani, or *literally* anything besides the title with which the Antichrist will announce himself".

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