The Internet Is Obsessed And A Little Bit Confused With Netflix’s New Doco ‘Seaspiracy’
Netflix’s newest documentary Seaspiracy has taken the Internet by storm.
Created by British filmmaker Ali Tabrizi, this documentary tackles the negative impact of commercial fishing, covering microplastics to overfishing and everything in between.
Ultimately, the powerful documentary has divided Twitter, with the Netflix original receiving both praise and criticism from all corners of the Internet. Let’s get into what everyone is saying.
People Criticised The Documentary’s Title
First and foremost there was criticism of the name. And look, I’ll be real with you all, I wholeheartedly agree.
annoyed they called it seaspiracy and not conspirasea
— my sexuality is dan levy's eyebrows (@SaimaFerdows) April 3, 2021
People Loved The Film’s Message
By the end of the documentary, the message is quite clear: In order to keep ourselves alive, we need to keep the ocean alive. And in order to keep our ocean alive, we need to stop eating fish. As a result, much of the Internet vowed to stop eating fish.
Just finished Seaspiracy on Netflix and after I shed a few tears I’m now convinced more than ever that the human race sucks ass and I need to become vegan!
— Nina Benoit (@NinaBenoit19) April 4, 2021
And you know, there were some that promised to stop eating fish once they had gone through what was already in their fridge.
— Suzy Murphy (@Suzy_MurphyPR) March 29, 2021
But, Some People Didn’t Know If They Could Commit To That…
And look, I don’t blame them. It was interesting timing for Netflix to drop a documentary about overfishing on the weekend when many people were eating and ordering fish exclusively. Coincidence? I think not.
Eating my Easter fish so my family didn’t cuss me even though I watched that Seaspiracy doc pic.twitter.com/ocsF9F1QCr
— 🪶 (@LASTNAMELORDE) April 5, 2021
Viewers Vowed To Spread The Word Of Microplastics
In the documentary, Ali takes us through just how much plastic is in the ocean. As a result, people made some memes about our bad recycling habits, ultimately getting the word out there.
— GreenFuzz (@molesuk) April 3, 2021
There Was Also Frustration Over Societal Misdirections
In addition to the microplastics information, a lot of the Internet was concerned by the fact that all this information was only being learned now, through this documentary.
There was general anger over all the focus that had been previously been placed on plastic straws when there were clearly other factors that also needed attention.
After watching #Seaspiracy I am left questioning the way I live my life with choices I make. Ocean plastic pollutants, By-catch, “status” foods, oceanic waste,all hidden or misrepresented truths in the climate change mandate. Paper straws are the biggest misdirection in the world
— MattyStorage (@Matty515) April 4, 2021
But, with all of this praise for the documentary and its message came criticism.
Let’s Get Into The Seaspiracy Criticism
Criticism Of Ali Tabrizi
Throughout Seaspiracy, the viewer goes along with Ali as he uncovers all of this information about the ocean. And as a result, there were some Twitter users that were shocked as to how much common sense information was being shared throughout the film.
Seaspiracy is a documentary made by a man who has never watched a movie about how endangered our oceans really are and is amazed by the all the things he didnt know until he started making the documentary.
— HRH Stacie Ann (@Stacie_w_books) April 4, 2021
There Was Also Criticism Of The Proposed Solution
The documentary covers everything from slave labour and human rights abuses to the issues with sustainable fishing and yet the moral of the story was that we should stop eating fish. As you can imagine, people took issue with this simplistic resolution.
Seaspiracy is such a frustrating documentary. Like how do you look at a systemic problem like plastics in the ocean and come to the bottom line of….everybody should go vegan?
— Mary Annaïse Heglar (@MaryHeglar) April 4, 2021
And Perhaps, Most Notably, There Was Criticism Over The ‘Facts’
The biggest and most widespread criticism over Seaspiracy has to do with the way the documentary presented some of its facts. Since the film came out last week, there have been a number of articles and responses by scientists and organisations reacting to the misinformation presented in the documentary.
In EVERY thread I read on @seaspiracy, I witness fisheries scientists, who’ve dedicated years of their lives to help solve these issues, being attacked and demonised by misinformed zealots. It’s an utter disgrace. To the directors: pic.twitter.com/ykyn6h4Byh
— Kristian Parton (@KjParton) April 3, 2021
What are your thoughts on Seaspiracy?