Struggling Netflix Tries to Stop the Bleeding, Rolls out 'How to Build a Sex Room' Reality Show

To suggest that 2022 has been a challenging year for Netflix would be an understatement. The streaming giant reported losing 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter, marking the first time it lost subscribers in over 10 years. Worse, Netflix expects to lose another 2 million more subscribers in the second quarter of 2022.


Clearly, something is changing, leaving the once-dominant company struggling and in search of itself.

As my colleague Jeff Charles reported in May, Netflix caused a stir after announcing it planned to lay off 150 employees and jettison some of its “woke” content. In addition, the company issued a new “culture memo,” in which it took a hardline stance against attempts to silence “artistic expression,” warning employees offended by its content that they might want to seek employment elsewhere.

If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you. Entertaining the world is an amazing opportunity and also a challenge because viewers have very different tastes and points of view.

So we offer a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which can be provocative. We support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with [and] we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.

One example of “provocative entertainment” was Ricky Gervais’s recent Netflix special, in which the British comedian made jokes about, just for example, “trans women attacking and raping people in public bathrooms.” Needless to say, the radical left was fit to be tied. (No pun intended.)


Anyway, in a “swing in another direction,” Netflix has now rolled out a promo clip of its upcoming “How to Build a Sex Room” home makeover show, set to premiere in July. Melanie Rose, the host of the upcoming show, says in the trailer:

When people hear the words ‘sex rooms,’ they concentrate on the word ‘sex,’ and that connotes ‘dirty,’ ‘disgusting’ — no, sex rooms are not disgusting.

They can be fantasies. They can be anything my client desires.

OK, I’m open-minded — but what are we talking about, here?

As reported by People, it appears that we’re “talking about” almost anything.

Throughout the trailer, images of Rose’s elaborate sex room designs are displayed, showing viewers various different styles, from a dungeon with chains and bondage devices, to a bathroom featuring a black freestanding tub surrounded by candles, in front of a wall adorned with sex toys.

Another room included a balloon chair with handcuffs at the top, and another featured a mannequin clad in pink Shibari.

[Shibari originated from Hojo-jutsu, a method of restraining captives and a form of torture, before morphing again into the erotic bondage Kinbaku (Kinbaku-bi literally translates as tthe beauty of tight binding) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.]

The walls of several rooms featured sex toys hanging on hooks, and images of women in bondage.


“A sex room can be anything from a sumptuous bedroom to a dungeon under the stairs,” Rose told People. “But when I design them, they can be beautiful.” I suppose, whatever floats your boat. Or, not?

The bottom line:

I’ve always believed people have the right to do to themselves, for themselves, or with themselves — as well as to, for, and with other consenting adults — whatever tickles their fancy. In the privacy of wherever, that is. That does not include lewd public displays of sexuality — in parades or elsewhere.

And it certainly does not involve drag strippers or drag queens exposing their crotches to young children.


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