Netflix’s “In The Name Of God: A Holy Betrayal” Sparks Outrage And Boycotts

“I tried watching it and couldn’t get past the first 10 seconds…”

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Netflix‘s new true crime docuseries, In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal, is not for the faint of heart.

Maple (Jeong Soo Jeong) giving her testimony in Episode 1 | Netflix

Its trigger warnings include child abuse, nudity, sexual violence, and suicide, but even some viewers who knew what to expect were not prepared for the sheer vileness they were about to see.

In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal recounts the rise and fall of several Korean cult leaders who manipulated and exploited their followers in heinous ways. The first three episodes, in particular, shocked viewers with chilling dramatizations of real events that showed how the Christian Gospel Mission (also known as JMS), a religious movement founded in 1980, became a tool for violence wielded by its founder, Jeong Myeong Seok.

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In 2009, Jeong was sentenced to 10 years in prison for rape. Prior to his arrest, Jeong fled South Korea and was accused of reportedly raping nearly one hundred college students in Taiwan. By the time he was released from prison in 2018, the JMS movement had spread to over 70 countries.

Sadly, Jeong’s victims were just some of the many taken advantage of by cult leaders in the series.

Now, viewers are expressing their disgust and outrage, but also sympathy for the victims who still struggle to this day.

Additionally, some viewers are calling for K-Pop fans to take action by boycotting albums sold by Synnara Records. Synnara Records was founded by cult leader Kim Ki Soon in 1982. She has been accused of being responsible for several deaths, including that of a 7-year-old child.

Read more about Synnara Records’ history here:

“They Killed A Child.” — Fans Boycott A K-Pop Album Distributor For Its Cult Affiliation

Source: Ready Steady Cut and Netflix

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