Bridgerton is Netflix’s sexy breakout hit of 2021, but X-rated sites are exploiting the nubile youngsters of the show.
Pirated scenes from the period drama featuring Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor have racked up hundreds of thousands of views on adult video-streaming platforms, leaving Netflix executives struggling to yank the unauthorised footage, reported Fox News.
Dynevor, 25, who stars as fledgling socialite Daphne Bridgerton, opposite 31-year-old Page’s Duke of Hastings, is reportedly devastated by the fact that her work on Netflix’s most-watched original series is being exploited.
“Bridgerton’s sex scenes appearing alongside some of the most obscene material the web has to offer has sparked horror and anger,” an insider told the Sun. “Raunchy set pieces have contributed to the buzz but it is a prestige drama based on best-selling novels. To peddle scenes as pure smut is beyond the pale.”
Although many clips have been removed from these platforms after Netflix issued warnings about “misuse of their intellectual property” — but the streaming giant is struggling to keep up with such rogue online smut.
“It’s been particularly distressing for Phoebe and Regé-Jean, two young actors who signed on for the role of a lifetime and did not consent to being exploited in this way,” the insider told the UK outlet.
Representatives for Netflix did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment — but Dynevor has previously defended her work.
“It never felt like the sex scenes were just there for the sake of the sex scenes,” she told The Wrap. “They really told a story. They told Daphne’s sexual evolution and it was really important to get them right.”
Created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by ‘Scandal Queen’ Shonda Rhimes, the erotically charged soap opera based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, is set in the competitive world of Regency London during the debutante season.
Last year, another breakout streaming hit popped up on an X-rates site. A 22-minute compilation from Hulu and BBC’s Normal People was compromised and then removed from a site after official complaints. But is reportedly still circulating on the dark web.
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