Netflix ‘skip the foreplay’ feature exposed as hoax

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Sorry, Netflix users. But that viral “skip the foreplay” button does not exist — even though it should.

While the feature would save millions of families across the globe from uncomfortable situations when unprompted sex scenes pop up on the screen, it was simply made up by a social media user.

Just over three years ago, I watched Bridgerton with my mother for the first time.

We didn’t have much prior knowledge of the plot, so when there was practically an entire episode dedicated to newlyweds Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset’s vibrant sex life, one can imagine the awkward tension that filled my living room as a result.

But one X (formerly known as Twitter) user came up with a brilliant idea to avoid these types of situations that are becoming more and more common as shows and movies become increasingly more graphic: a “skip the foreplay” feature.

The made-up option, which went viral on social media, is intended to “make family movie night less awkward by deleting naughty scenes” from the show, thus resulting in a perfectly PG viewing experience.

With over 140,000 likes on the post, the social media user commented, “Well this blew up. I make unhinged stuff like this daily so if you lol’d at this (or breathed through the nose a lil at least), then pls DEMOLISH that follow button.”

Meanwhile, other users were fully on board with the idea.

“I would pay for this feature. No kidding,” one wrote, while another added, “Definitely needed. Some of those scenes add nothing to the plot.”

A third person said, “Wait this is actually so necessary,” before someone else commented, “Need this option on flights! Was just trying to watch Oppenheimer in my aisle seat and suddenly it looks like I just fired up a porn on a flight.”

Another, however, joked, “You guys are so weak. Watching a surprise sex scene with your entire family builds character.”

This story originally appeared on Decider and is republished here with permission.

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