New Netflix Series ‘Cat People’ Seeks to Elevate Stereotypes of Cats And Their Adoring Owners
“Cat People explores our fascinating relationship with cats through the lens of some the most remarkable, and surprising “cat people” in the world, defying the negative stereotypes of what it means to be a cat person while revealing the fundamental truths of what it means to have deep bonds with these fiercely independent, mysterious creatures,” wrote Netflix in a press statement.
Featured in Cat People are some fantastic felines, including Maverick the surfing cat, and DJ Ravioli—a cat who plays music for TikTok rapper Moshow.
“This goes beyond my music,” said the rapper during an interview on This Morning. “It’s so much bigger than me, my message is to save as many cats as possible, to make cats look cool and to break that stereotype of black cats being bad luck due to how they’re shown in certain lights.”
“My thing is to break that stereotype. Cat ladies aren’t crazy, you’re all beautiful…”
God only knows how much data has been used creating, uploading, and sharing cat videos on the internet, but the documentary doesn’t only focus on the charming and delightful side of felines.
While trying to dispel the myth of the “crazy” part of a “cat lady,” it also explores the human component of the relationship, including the darker paths to reveal stories of generosity and kindness towards cats in need—particularly in one episode on the Greek island of Syros.
Other episodes seek to break stereotypes about cats being unruly and independent. Acro-Cats founder Samantha features as a professional cat trainer and mom to some seriously talented felines.
Surfing through the hashtags on Twitter, the general consensus towards the six, 30-minute episodes is something like: “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to adopt every cat in your neighborhood.”
For cat people, that sort of reaction is no surprise—for as the first paragraph above details, we’ve known all along.