1-800-532-4500… the number featured in a government PSA during Don’t Look Up, allows people to call and get “peace of mind” during the crisis … well, it could do that in real life, too.
And if you call:
“Welcome to America’s hottest hotline. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you. Press 1 now. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press 2 to connect free now,” a message says.
First of all: How does no one check this shit before they make a movie?
Second of all: How the hell is there still call-in numbers for sex talk? Did your kink get stuck in 1992?
If you haven’t seen it yet, Don’t Look Up is a pretty bleak ‘satire’ featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence who play two astronomers that have to convince the world to prepare for an incoming comet that could destroy the earth because they are shut out from mainstream media.
It is the sort of thing that hits a little too on the nose, if you ask me, considering how the media is selectively covering things, no others, and the like… but that’s something else for another day.
This isn’t the first time Netflix has mess it up with this type of an incident. And recently.
In Squid Game, a salesman that recruits people into the game gives contestants an eight-digit phone number to call to join. It turned out that the number is real, and people have been texting and calling the number to see if someone would answer. The owner of the number did answer, and Netflix eventually edited the number out of the show.
The in 2003 movie, Bruce Almighty, used “776-2323” as God’s phone number. It was real, too. So… the distributor had to go back in to change the number to a ‘555’ number for the home video release and TV airings.
And, most famously, most phone service providers have had to stop giving out “867-5309” because of people asking for “Jenny” thanks to the 1980s hit song.