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New Netflix Game Show "Flinch" Divides Viewers; Is It Torture Or Just Competitive Fun?

New Netflix Game Show "Flinch" Divides Viewers; Is It Torture Or Just Competitive Fun?

Some people also likened the concept of the show with Netflix's Black Mirror, which focuses on topics involving entertaining forms of torture in a dystopian technology-driven world.

Do you love watching Jackass? Did you enjoy Wipeout in which people compete in an array of daunting tasks? Now imagine, both the shows coming together and you get the new Netflix series "Flinch". The new TV series has managed to get people talking for its content with some questioning whether it is pure torture or if it's just competitive fun, reports CNN.  

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According to the streaming platform, "'Flinch' is a new all-action comedy game show with one simple rule: do not flinch. The show is set on a remote farm in the hills of Ireland where brave and foolish contestants gather to test their nerve against three fiendish games," a description of the show reads. "If they flinch, there are painful consequences both for them and for our hosts, who have each chosen a player to represent them in the games."

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The original idea of the show came from comedians Desiree Burch, Seann Walsh, and Lloyd Griffith and the concept is pretty simple. Contestants are challenged not to flinch and if they do, there will be some dark consequences. However, it is not just the contestants who face the wrath of their actions but even the hosts, who have each chosen a player to represent them in the games, and has to face the repercussions.

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'Flinch' takes place on a small farm in Ireland. Inside the main house, the three hosts meet the contestants and they sit around a monitor while the contestants walk over to the barn.

And that's when the fun starts. They find themselves in an array of situations with just one motive -- do not flinch! The contestants are either strapped into a chair or bound standing to a board and they will have to deal with tasks that include popping balloons, screaming whistles, emus, swinging tires, flying balls, chickens,  weasels, toy trains covered in rotten food, chainsaws, paintball guns, whips, and you name it, reports DailyDot

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The contestants make it to the next round if they manage to not flinch during the tasks. And if they do move, they get a shock, slap or a smack as punishment. When players flinch, the hosts get a point and it all comes down to the end of the episode -- the host with the most points must face their own forfeit challenge. 

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But the show has managed to spark a lot of online debates with some suggesting that it is mere torture and while others saying they would cancel their Netflix subscription. "Hey @netflix My husband and I just watched the trailer of “Flinch” and you just lost two subscribers. I am not supporting “torture as entertainment”- what a repulsive concept- with my dollars. TOTAL FAIL," a Twitter user said.

 



 

 



 

 

Meanwhile, another added, "This Flinch show on @netflix is like A Clockwork Orange meets Hee Haw. None of it seems like a good idea."

 



 

 



 

 

Some social media users also likened the concept of the show with Netflix's other original science-fiction series Black Mirror, which focuses on topics involving entertaining forms of torture in a dystopian technology-driven world. What do you think of 'Flinch'? Do you think entertainment has gone a little too far? 

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