The docuseries that looks at seven people battling baffling illnesses has been criticized for its negative portrayal of their ailments. In response several participants and family members banded together to accuse the show of manipulation and misrepresentation. They were recently backed by an open letter signed by Dunham, Lewinsky and other celebrities calling on Netflix to remove the series from its service. Asked to respond to the backlash, Afflicted executive producer Dan Partland says: "Our intention was to give the world a compassionate window into the difficulties of patients and families suffering from elusive and misunderstood illnesses, to humanize their struggle and to show that struggle in all its complexity."
TOPICS: Netflix, Afflicted, Dan Partland, Reality TV