Jason Alexander Spoofs Netflix Price Increase1 Aug, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
The ‘Seinfeld’ actor in online video jokes that Sept. 1 controversial price increase for combined streaming and disc rentals is “literally the worst thing that has ever happened to white people”
Actor-comedian Jason Alexander has released an online video as a faux public service announcement asking viewers to donate $6 a month to the “Netflix Relief Fund” for Netflix subscribers facing a controversial 60% price increase to stream and rent movies.
Released over the weekend on FunnyOrDie.com, the 2-minute, 39-second video clip underscores that in a time of economic recession, wars, earthquakes and tsunamis, the pending Netflix price increase “eclipses them all.”
When Netflix announced the price increase last month the volume of irate subscribers filing complaints temporarily overwhelmed its customer service line.
In the fictional video Netflix subs are depicted in varying states of despair, including “Samantha,” who wonders what she did to Netflix to deserve a rate increase.
“Did they change the pricing because of something I did?” she asks Alexander. “Is it because I said I never received Disc 2 of Season 3 of ‘The Wire,’ when really I scratched it using it as a coaster?”
“The world is so unjust,” Alexander reassures her.
To date, the video has been viewed more than 500,000 times on the Web.