In my day, taking Netflix to prom meant waiting by my mailbox for DVDs to arrive while practicing kissing on my own hands until I fell asleep. But apparently modern youth are better at asking out websites then I ever was: a teen asked Netflix to prom via twitter, Netflix agreed, and many bizarre mantlepiece pictures were taken (probably).
Back in January, 17-year-old Chicago teen Muthana Sweis tweeted an unusual request:
Hey @netflix if this gets 1,000 retweets will you go to my junior prom with me?
— Muthana Sweis (@muthanasweis) January 30, 2014
On March 29th the streaming service responded:
— Netflix US (@netflix) March 28, 2014
Yes, “third wheeling!” In the most “I don’t understand kids today” aspect of this story, Sweis actually already had a (human) date. Judging from the below video, the lucky lady seemed pretty okay with being two-timed by Sweis, possibly because Netflix hooked the pair and their friends up with some cool swag.
Sweis was given James Bond’s tux from Skyfall and the option of arriving to prom in the Breaking Bad meth mobile, although he chose a ’50s Buick from Grease with a John Travolta look-alike chauffeur instead. Presumably fake Danny Zuko made himself scarce while Netflix got too drunk on wine coolers in the back seat, started crying while frenching Sweis, then had to buffer for half an hour.
I did not know this was how websites worked! Grubhub and I could be having kids by now!
Keep in mind that this was just Sweis’ junior prom–the 17-year-old will have a hard time choosing an equally groundbreaking date for his senior year dance. I’d say he should take HBOGo next year, but they’re way too unreliable.
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