ITV was criticized after broadcasting the film on the 2011 epidemic Contagion during the coronavirus pandemic.
Before its airing, the Steven Soderbergh-directed film had enjoyed a surge in popularity on iTunes and other on-demand platforms.
But some people have yet to find the channel’s decision to broadcast the tacky film – with the watchdog aired Ofcom reportedly receiving over 160 complaints about the move.
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Viewers also took Twitter to express their views. “As if Contagion were on TV tonight,” wrote a Twitter user. “Very tasteful while dealing with a pandemic.”
“ITV Contagion screening? Really? “Asked another.” He could also launch Cabin Fever, Dawn of the Dead and a Walking Dead marathon. “
Someone else described the decision as “in bad taste”.
However, others suggested that the film was actually performing a public service by raising awareness of the virus and that pandemics of danger may pose.
“Maybe this was a brilliant move for ITV,” suggested one commentator, saying that those who “won’t stay inside will look at #Contagion and suddenly get it.”
Contagion it was praised for its scientific accuracy, and the creators of the film revealed it Virus experts have been widely consulted in the making of the film.