Netflix’s 2017 “Year in Review” took a look at customer data from November 1, 2016, to November 1, 2017, to determine which shows were most watched and most enjoyed by viewers.
Customers have questioned Netflix about the collection of their viewing habits while citing privacy concerns, especially since the company disseminated some of the data by announcing key findings which some believed publicly ridiculed individual subscribers.
In a tweet, Netflix stated 53 people had watched the Netflix original movie “A Christmas Prince” every day for two weeks straight, joking:
To the 53 people who’ve watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017
Netflix also shared that one person from the United Kingdom had watched the 2007 children’s film, “Bee Movie” (a story about a bee who sues humans for eating honey) 357 times in one year. Though Netflix has not responded to the criticism for releasing specific viewer information, one woman has come forward to reveal she is, in fact, one of the customers in question.
As SWNS reports, Scottish mom Gemma Chalmers, 29, has come forward as Netflix’s “most prolific re-watcher” who has watched “Bee Movie” 357 times this past year. As many parents with “Peppa Pig” or “Paw Patrol” stuck on repeat can attest, Chalmers claimed “Bee Movie” is the only thing that keeps her baby from crying.
Chalmers told SWNS:
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the Netflix story, my friends were tagging me in posts saying — this has to be you.
I am 100 percent sure that it’s me they’re talking about and if they traced the IP address I am confident it would come from my house.”
According to SWNS, Chalmers discovered the movie calmed her then 6-week-old baby, Jaxson, by accident. Chalmers’s mother just happened to put the movie on one day when Jaxson was crying, and it instantly soothed his tears.
“He watched it from beginning to end completely fixated. When it stopped, he cried, so we put it back on.”
That was back in March. Since then, Chalmers said the movie is played three to four times every day. Chalmers told SWNS she’s tried to use other popular children’s movies and Disney films, but nothing does the trick:
“I know every word of that film. I am completely fed up with it. We’ve tried ‘Cars,’ ‘Trolls,’ and other Disney films, but nothing works like the ‘Bee Movie.’
As soon as the channel is changed he knows.”
Chalmers added though she’s a former soap opera fan, no other TV shows or movies can play on TV while Jaxson is awake except for “Bee Movie”:
“I can only ever watch TV when Jaxson is asleep. He watches the film from the moment he wakes up until he goes to sleep at night.”
Chalmers clarified her son doesn’t need to be propped in front of the television watching “Bee Movie” though. It just needs to be playing:
“When we go out of the house, he isn’t bothered and is a happy baby, but as soon as we’re home the film has to be on. He doesn’t even pay attention to it, and plays with other toys, but still, it always has to be on.”
Chalmers told SWNS it’s the movie’s black and yellow colors that her son, now 10 months old, finds so “fixating.”