(StraightNews.org) – Fans reacted with disgust to the news that Netflix is to begin streaming the 1997 Oscar-winning hit Titanic on July 1. Social media users have accused the streaming giant of trying to cash in on the tragic deaths of five people aboard the Titan submersible that imploded on its way to visit the wreck of the famous ship on the floor of the North Atlantic Ocean.
One fan wrote, “Netflix is overstepping the boundaries of decency on this timing,” while another said it was “CRAZY shameless” to promote the film at this time. Netflix however said the deal was already signed off before the Titan tragedy occurred.
Five people died when they dove into the depths of the Atlantic on June 18 in a submarine known as Titan, which was owned and operated by OceanGate. The dead were OceanGate’s CEO Stockton Rush, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman, British billionaire Hamish Harding and ex-French Navy officer and Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet.
The vessel lost contact with the surface less than two hours after it began its descent and its debris was discovered on the ocean floor four days later. The US Coast Guard brought the wreckage to land on June 27 and said human remains were found inside.
A journey to the Titanic shipwreck costs around $250,000 and takes about a week to complete. James Cameron, director of the smash hit that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and retold the story for new generations, has been to the wreckage on 33 occasions. However, he warns that is not for the faint-hearted.
The Titanic has sat on the floor of the Atlantic since it sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. Its wreckage was not located until 1985 and the first person to explore it was Robert Ballard, an oceanographer at the University of Rhode Island. Approximately 250 people in total have seen the Titanic where it now rests.
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