Netflix’s horror-comedy “Little Evil” is a quiet breakthrough for gender identity and politics

Netflix has done it again with its latest original movie, “Little Evil.”

Not only is the on-demand video service, which released the film on Sept. 1, continuing to position itself as a threat to regular cable TV and film studios by producing original content, it’s also building on its habit of championing social justice with its programming.

Netflix has been doing this for a while. Its TV adaptation of Justin Simien’s 2014 film, “Dear White People,” a fictional story about racism on college campuses, brought race politics to the fore just as the Black Lives Matters movement was picking up speed.

In 2013, “Orange is the New Black” addressed socio-economic problems, human rights, gender, and sexuality through the lens of female prisons. In her breakout role as Sophia Burset, Laverne Cox became the first transgender woman to be nominated for an Emmy and to grace the cover of Time magazine. The show also set an example for Hollywood to give transgender roles to transgender actors. Netflix followed this with “Sense 8,” by trans creators…

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