Dec. 2, 2010 at 3:15 PM ET
These days, even the least tech-savvy boyfriend or girlfriend can wreak revenge on a cheating lover with nasty Facebook posts, passive-aggressive Twitter tweets, or even previously private boudoir photos texted to every family member or friend.
It takes a cuckold of true imagination, and at least a passing knowledge of the Netflix movie-suggesting algorithm to strike out in a subtle and personal way, it wins the (somewhat horrified) admiration of Web community Reddit, the primordial ooze of current Internet creativity.
"My girlfriend cheated on me, so I rated movies in her netflix account until I reached the desired result," wrote Reddit user Contra3, who posted the above screen grab as evidence of his handiwork. For some commenters on Gizmodo, where Contra3's handiwork later appeared, this Netflix suggestion queue inspired more questions than it answered, that ran a little something like this:
"How does one game Netflix to make it suggest movies about skanks?"
"There's a movie called 'Whore?!' "
"Um…why is "Bambi" in the mix? (Did she kill his mother, too?)"
"Whatever happened to finding someone that looked just like her, [fornicating with] her, and dumping her for closure? Kids today have it so easy..."
Several were quick to call Photoshop shenanigans, but really gaming Netflix recommendations isn't hard to do if you just go through the site's movie catalog, giving high ratings to all movies with a common theme. And kids, cuckolds are a common Hollywood theme.
As for "Bambi?"
"I'm going with a 'loss of innocence,' " one commenter suggested. "Bambi had to learn to live on his own after his mom was murdered by hunters. I thought that was a nice touch, and the best part."
Actually,Contra3 explained on Reddit, "I’m a fan of non sequiturs."
Netflix bombed FTW!