The Mechanism might not have won many positive reviews, but as a docu-drama, it has the right impact on what it covers – corruption in the government annals in Brazil. Some people and politicians in Brazil are angry over the way Brazil and politicians are portrayed. Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has accused Netflix of political bias and character assassination.
The Workers Party officials have been the most vocal about this issue and there’s information that some of them have cancelled their Netflix subscription. The series starts nearly a decade before the Car Wash investigation, which finally brought down the ruling party and unveiled a kickback scheme that involved politicians, construction companies and Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras. There’s also reports that politicians are looking at suing Netflix and the director, Jose Padilha for wrong portrayal and character assassination.
This is not the first time that Netflix has faced problems for their series. Their most popular web series, Narcos, also faced problems and caused problems in Colombia, where the series was set. A local gangster also demanded ransom money for the show to continue but nothing came out of that.