Netflix Removes Popular TV Show Special Over Complaints From Country

( Netflix tried to quietly solve yet another controversy when they removed two episodes of a show in the Philippines from their platform this week.

On Monday, two episodes of Pine Gap, a spy drama, were removed following uproar in the country. Those episodes showed a map that would seem to legitimize the claim China is making over claims it has to the South China Sea. May people have said that the show may have been making a political claim through the map.

Reuters reported that Netflix only posted an announcement to users from the Philippines this Monday, saying that the second and third episodes of the show were “removed by government demand.” Pine Gap is an Australian series that has six parts.

The map that caused all the controversy appears only for a brief time on a control room in the spy base. The map shows what’s known as the nine-dash line. It’s used by China to demarcate territory in the South China Sea that is disputed by that China lays claim to.

Part of the territory China is claiming is theirs includes Vietnam, the Philippines and several hundred other atolls and small islands.

Along with the Philippines, Vietnam has maintained the sovereignty it has over its land and nation. Back in July, the Vietnamese government also sent Netflix a letter demanding that the content be removed from the platform so that it was compliant with their local laws.

The Department of Foreign affairs issued a statement — that Reuters was able to obtain — saying the movie classification board in the Philippines thoroughly reviewed the situation. They said they determined the episodes in which the map appeared were “unfit for public exhibition.”

The Philippine board made its ruling back on September 28, but Netflix didn’t make their decision to finally remove the content from the platform until November 1. There wasn’t any clear word as to why there was such a long gap between those two dates.

As part of its ruling, the board said the inclusion of the map’s demarcation lines was “no accident as it was consciously designed and calculated to specifically convey a message that China’s nine-dash line legitimately exists.

“Such portrayal is a crafty attempt to perpetuate and memorialize in the consciousness of the present generation of viewers and the generations to come the illegal nine-dash line.”

Netflix didn’t comment for the report published by Reuters and has not issued a statement about the situation.

This is the second very public controversy Netflix has found itself in recently over content on its platform. A few weeks ago, the company found itself in hot water after comedian Dave Chappelle made jokes about the LGBTQ community on a comedy special.

Netflix’s CEO refused to take down the content at first, and even defended Chappelle’s rights to say whatever he wanted on his comedy special. After the uproar from the LGBTQ community and others, the CEO finally said he made a mistake in saying those comments.