Eagle-eyed Netflix subscribers have noticed a glaring Photoshop edit made to the poster of classic film The Breakfast Club.
According to viewers, the scene of Brian Johnson smoking a joint has been edited to show him holding a pencil instead. They have thus taken to Twitter to ask if anyone else has noticed the difference.
Twitter user @ballofregret tweeted about the change, writing, “Y’all, Netflix photoshopped a pencil into Brian’s hand instead of the zoot, I’m dying.” The tweet went viral, with many agreeing that Netflix had replaced it with a pencil, perhaps to make it more family-friendly.
Fans of the film, however, weren’t too happy with the move, as the streaming platform also features movies that have weed in them. “There’s so many Netflix Originals about weed, I don’t get why they censored this,” one Twitter user asked. “So sick of art being censored. Didn’t we used to fight against s**t?” another user questioned.
YALL NETFLIX PHOTOSHOPPED A PENCIL INTO BRIANS HAND INSTEAD OF THE ZOOT IM DYING pic.twitter.com/41UzOrU43c— ash🪐 (@ballofregret) May 23, 2020
netflix really said fuck the stoners— ash🪐 (@ballofregret) May 23, 2020
This is a common cover for the film. Places like Walmart etc back in the 90's demanded this type of change. chances are Netflix computers randomly assigned this cover when the movies went up. I doubt a person had anything to do with it— FriskyFerretTieDie (@PositiveVisual) May 24, 2020
I think what makes it funnier is that, at first glance, it's a pretty decent photoshop job lmao— Kashaun@watching ATLA on Netflix like a good shill (@ksmnocreativity) May 24, 2020
Meanwhile, marijuana is legal in so many states recreationally. It’s much more acceptable now than back in the 80s and they felt the need to edit it for our time. I swear!— by jamie.nyc, a spektacle (@madeinglamerica) May 24, 2020
So sick of art being censored. Didn't we used to fight against shit.?
Did we all become prudes with the birth of the internet? I seem to remember a movie store getting sued for censoring movies for religious reasons, but Netflix does it and we all seem to look the other way.
THERE’S SO MANY NETFLIX ORIGINALS ABOUT WEED THO ION GET WHY THEY CENSORED THIS-— mikai georgia (@broadway_kai) May 24, 2020
Nooo they ruined my fav shot in the entire movie— KM (@s0kinda) May 24, 2020
Haha, that's got to be some regional difference that some country required.
Then again we also started doing less smoking in Netflix originals starting last July. I didn't think that would apply to old movies too
[via Ball of Regret, opening image via Netflix]