Republican senators have sent a letter to Netflix
chief content officer and co-ceo Ted Sarandos
pushing back against the streaming service’s upcoming series “The Three-Body Problem
.” Netflix announced September 1 that “Game of Thrones
” creators David Benioff
and D.B. Weiss
are adapting Liu Cixin’s science-fiction trilogy “The Three-Body Problem
” for the streamer with the help of “The Terror: Infamy
” writer Alexander Woo
and executive producers Rian Johnson
and Rosamund Pike
. The letter claims that by producing the series Netflix is “normalizing” the imprisonment of Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province.
The senators point to an interview “Three-Body Problem” author Liu Cixin gave in 2019 to The New Yorker
in which he expressed approval over the imprisonment of Uighur Muslims. Human right abuses are reportedly taking place in Xinjiang province, including the detainment of over one million Uighur Muslims.
When asked in 2019 about imprisoning Muslims in Xinjiang, Liu Cixin responded,