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'Pretty Little Liars' Creator I. Marlene King Defends 'Chick Flicks' After Netflix PSA

By TheBlast Staff

"Pretty Little Liars" boss I. Marlene King has a bone to pick with Netflix after the streaming giant declared we should do away with the term "chick flicks."

King, who created the OG "PLL" and spin-off "The Perfectionists," believes women should empower themselves to own the phrase.

"Love you Netflix but maybe we want to own the label. Maybe it empowers us to own it. Like @PLLTVSeries took back the word 'bitch,'" she responded to a PSA Netflix Film tweeted on Monday.

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The service provider made several reasons why "chick flicks" is outdated.

  • "For starters, “chick flicks” are traditionally synonymous with romantic comedies. This suggests that women are the only people interested in 1. Romance 2. Comedy."

  • "You don’t hear people asking to watch “man movies” – instead, pretty much every intersection of genre is on the table and seen as for men, except of course, the aforementioned rom-coms."

  • "The term also cheapens the work that goes into making these types of films. Romantic comedies and/or films centered around female leads go through just as much editing, consideration, and rewriting as any other film."


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However, King's fans seem to agree with the producer, with several supporting her opinion. "To me, a chick flick is a movie with a plot," wrote one follower. "Always own it," said another.

One thing they don't agree with -- "Pretty Little Liars" bringing back the word "bitch."

"PLL took back the word bitch?????" rattled a fan. "I hate to disagree with the big boss of PPL, but wouldn't "taking it back" apply only if the girls called each other 'my bitch!'?" wrote another.

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