‘Everybody is on this Earth because of sex!’: Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’ cast on ‘taboo’ word
Actors Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey and Ncuati Gatwa get candid in a recent interview, talk about the importance of sex education in a “repressed nation like India”.
Sex has always been the “hush” word in India, with society rolling its eyes at you everytime you wanted to clear your sincerest sex queries. And dare not even say the “s-word” if you’re a woman, it’s not meant for you!
With society successfully managing to brush every uncomfortable topic under the carpet, modern-day entertainment has come to the rescue. Netflix’s “Sex Education” is one such sex-centered entertainment that has become popular on global level. The show has been loved by critics and audience not just for the entertainment it provides but also for addressing the ever-avoided omnipresent sex issues. “Sex Education” was watched by over 40 million accounts within a month of its debut in the early 2019.
In a recent interview, the cast of “Sex education” talked about how the vital lessons of the show have managed to amass a great audience in a “repressed nation like India”. Asa Butterfield who plays Otis Milburn -- the teen sex therapist -- in the show shared that the show empowered audiences around the world to have difficult conversations.
Continuing to talk about the importance of sex education, Asa said that even in Poland, “there isn’t a real sex education system in their schools. It’s not something that’s taught, it’s just something that’s brushed under the carpet, and you learn it when you learn it”. He called it a “destructive way of being”.
Ncuti Gatwa, who plays the role of Eric Effiong said: “Everybody is on this Earth because of sex! It’s something that affects all of us, regardless of your attitude.” He added: “It’s something you can relate to, no matter where you are on the globe.”
While the first season of the show addressed serious themes like sexual identity and abandonment, the second season is here to openly talk about sexual assault and its aftermath. The second season was released on Netflix on January 17.
The storyline of season two is strong enough to shake one’s conscience and wake them up to the normalcy that has surrounded sexual assault. The plot unfolds with Aimee being subjected to sexual assault on a bus to school and revovles around her traumatic experience.
“Sexual assault is a very real, omnipresent thing,” said Mackey who is playing the role of Maeve Wiley on the show. “What we see this season is not only the act itself, but the decision to talk about it and get the justice system involved, and then after that we see Aimee’s character deal with what is essentially PTSD, which is a very real condition. A second can transform your entire existence.”
Mackey added: “There’s not a lot in place to help educate people – boys and girls – about (sexual assault),” and being the nation that has always normalised sexual assault, we coudln’t agree more.