Karamo Brown, a host on the hugely successful makeover show *** Eye, has added his voice to a social media debate urging Netflix to improve its subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing watchers.
Fans of the show took to Twitter to complain about the service misrepresenting, censoring and simplifying dialogue from a variety of shows.
Tweets by Rogan Shannon, a deaf Netflix fan, in which he demanded that the service explain why it was not captioning word for word, have been shared thousands of times in recent days.
His tweets claim the subtitles censor profanity and edit dialogue for brevity.
Others accused the service of failing to caption foreign language inserts and correcting distinct dialects into Standard English.
Mr Brown, the *** Eye cast member who focuses on culture, said reading fan comments had broken his heart.
After the outpouring of social media complaints, Netflix thanked fans for raising concerns, and said on Twitter that it was looking at fixing some the issues raised - a move that was welcomed by Mr Brown.
Subtitles are created in different ways by different broadcasters, with many employing outside subtitling firms. They can be written manually and time-coded to audio, or are generated using dictation software or audio recognition.
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Ah! We're talking about a programme called Q u e e r Eye.
For some reason this has been rendered into *** Eye. Ironically the article is about the censorship of subtitles on the programme in question. We've visited this problem before.
We want all of it. All the time. Every word. Clear?
AND NO CENSORSHIP ON THE FORUM!
It's not often I disagree about censorship, I censor my blog, my social media, emails etc...but the fact remains we are entitled to be able to moderate some stuff out, to prevent bullying etc. AOHL censors/moderates here they had to, to prevent spammers zeroing the forum. However, the nature of 888 TV access entails we have NO way of moderating output that we may feel is offensive. I think 'go away if you don't like it', is no choice either. The other aspect is who is watching, it isn't just adults who can ignore and manage things they see, but children who get influenced by it. The nature of TV contention is that simply by putting up a warning first they feel they are exempt from the output content after. A few have found that belief very costly. In an ideal world, we can all manage whatever media throws at us, but most can't, and some deaf are disadvantaged in they don't really know what is an acceptable social-hearing norm either. Deaf take things literally too and don't see context as well as hearing do. We live ina snowflake generation where objecting to everything and everything for the sake of it rapidly becoming a norm this clouds issue further. It's hard to BE a discerning viewer. I'd like to see an edit option so we can block certain words and phrases. People may well feel they have a right to be sworn at 24/7, I wouldn't.