Suspect ID'd in case of the hero who watched Bee Movie 357 times on Netflix
Put that wish list of potential suspects to rest, because it turns out the person who watched DreamWorks’ Bee Movie 357 times on Netflix last year was not, in fact, Meryl Streep: it was a young, U.K.-based mother named Gemma Chalmers.
All in the name of quelling the daily waterworks spouted by her 10-month-old son, Jaxson, Chalmers confessed her actions to The Sun in an interview published Wednesday in response to Netflix’s claim (per Business Insider) that a user streamed the film nearly once per day for the entire year, revealing that the 2007 animated family flick about bees who sue humans for eating honey is “the only thing” that will stop her child from crying.
“I calculated it — and it might even be more than 357 times,” she said of the film, which features the voices of Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, and Chris Rock. “My friends were tagging me in posts — saying, ‘This has to be you.'”
Chalmers, a cleaner who resides in Peterhead, Scotland, said the boy’s grandmother first played the film for Jaxson when he was three weeks old, and he was immediately transfixed by its bright colors. Since then, he’s “watched it multiple times a day to keep him happy… from the moment he wakes up until he goes to sleep at night.”
Netflix’s U.K. Twitter account also engaged with several users inquiring about Chalmers’ streaming habits, telling one person that they’d “never lie” about the reported stats.
The streaming giant landed in hot water with social media users over the weekend, however, when its U.S. Twitter team seemingly shamed 53 of its subscribers for watching The Christmas Prince at least once for 18 consecutive days.
In response to criticism of its “creepy” monitoring practices — coupled with the fact that it notoriously withholds actual viewership figures for its content — Netflix issued a statement on Tuesday.
“The privacy of our members’ viewing is important to us,” it reads. “This information represents overall viewing trends, not the personal viewing information of specific, identified individuals.”