Netflix sued by former chess champion over sexist remark in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Washington: Nona Gaprindashvili, one of many high chess gamers in the world in the Seventies, has filed a defamation go well with towards Netflix on Thursday over ‘The Queen’s Gambit’.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hit collection, based mostly on a 1983 novel, focuses on the rise of fictional chess participant Beth Harmon. In the present, Harmon is raised in an orphanage and finally beats Russia`s most interesting gamers in the Sixties in Moscow on the top of the Cold War.

But, in line with Gaprindashvili, there’s one downside.

In the ultimate episode, she’s referenced by a chess commentator who says about Harmon: “The solely uncommon factor about her, actually, is her intercourse. And even that’ not distinctive in Russia. There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, however she’s the feminine world champion and has by no means confronted males.

“Claiming this comment puts Gaprindashvili in a false light, the suit says “the allegation that Gaprindashvili ‘has by no means confronted males’ is manifestly false, in addition to being grossly sexist and belittling.

“Gaprindashvili states that by 1968, when the episode is about, she had competed towards not less than 59 male chess gamers, together with 10 grandmasters.

“Netflix brazenly and deliberately lied about Gaprindashvili’s achievements for the cheap and cynical purpose of ‘heightening the drama’ by making it appear that its fictional hero had managed to do what no other woman, including Gaprindashvili, had done,” the grievance alleges.

Advancing her items towards the streamer, the former chess champion has additionally taken umbrage with one thing else.

“Piling on additional insult to injury, Netflix described Gaprindashvili as Russian, despite knowing that she was Georgian, and that Georgians had suffered under Russian domination when part of the Soviet Union, and had been bullied and invaded by Russia thereafter,” the go well with states.

Whether a single passing remark in the collection is absolutely actionable and hurts Gaprindashvili’s repute might be decided by the courtroom. She`s represented by Rodney Smolla, Dean of Delaware Law School of Widener University.

Gaprindashvili is looking for not less than USD 5 million in precise damages plus extra in punitive damages. She additionally needs a courtroom order that might take away the assertion that she by no means performed towards males.

“Netflix has only the utmost respect for Ms. Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career, but we believe this claim has no merit and will vigorously defend the case,” a Netflix spokesperson responded, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

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