Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted Tuesday evening about the dangers that ending Net Neutrality poses to the enshrined millennial pastime of “Netflix and chill,” prompting mocking tweets from all sides of the political spectrum.
In several tweets, Schumer tried to explain how Net Neutrality, which enshrines similar data speeds across all web streaming platforms such as social media or cable, would prevent the mood from being broken while a couple watched Netflix in the evening.
Without #NetNeutrality when a couple is streaming their favorite #Netflix show but it keeps lagging and killing the mood, who will be to blame?— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 27, 2018
Schumer immediately received mocking tweets from Senator Orrin Hatch, among others.
pic.twitter.com/bxJzwpTvZt— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) February 27, 2018
Others piled onto Hatch’s apparent assertion that Schumer is out of touch and doesn’t know how to reach out to young Democrats.
[Scene: three hours ago, Sen. Schumer’s office] SCHUMER: so Netflix and chill…it’s not just relaxing right? AIDE: No, it’s a euphemism SCHUMER: A euphemism for…? AIDE: yes SCHUMER: but where does the Netflix factor in? AIDE: Sir? SCHUMER: Oh, don’t worry, I’ve got it. https://t.co/M4v5y3TBcD— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) February 27, 2018
The Dems have lost it it #Netflix and chill is their 2018 talking point…— Joe M (@JoeDMillard) February 27, 2018
Net Neutrality, codified during the Obama administration, was repealed by the FCC and its chair, Ajit Pai, last year. The repeal, which may include letting internet providers create separate plans for different internet services, such as a social media plan or a video streaming plan, is set to take place in late April.