Nona Gaprindashvili, a feminine Soviet chess champion, is suing Netflix for $5million over a line in The Queen’s Gambit.
Within the present’s finale, a line compares the accomplishments of fictional chess participant Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Pleasure) to Gaprindashvili – stating she’s by no means performed chess towards males.
A personality remarks: “Elizabeth Harmon’s not at all an important player by their standards. The only unusual thing about her, really, is her sex. And even that’s not unique in Russia. There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, but she’s the female world champion and has never faced men.”
Gaprindashvili has filed a defamation lawsuit (through Deadline) stating that is completely false, and that she had competed towards 59 male chess gamers, 28 of them concurrently in a single recreation, together with ten Grandmasters, by the yr 1968 when the episode is about.
Nona Gaprindashvili of the Soviet Union, pictured taking part in a recreation of chess on the Worldwide Chess Congress in London on thirtieth December 1964. CREDIT: Stanley Sherman/Day by day Specific/Hulton Archive/Getty Pictures)
“The allegation that Gaprindashvili ‘has never faced men’ is manifestly false, as well as being grossly sexist and belittling,” the 25-page lawsuit reads.
Talking concerning the lawsuit in an interview with The New York Times, Gaprindashvili, now aged 80, mentioned: “They were trying to do this fictional character who was blazing the trail for other women, when in reality I had already blazed the trail and inspired generations. That’s the irony.”
The lawsuit is looking for damages for what the swimsuit claims is a “devastating falsehood, undermining and degrading her accomplishments before an audience of many millions”.
In response to the lawsuit, a Netflix spokesperson mentioned: “Netflix has only the utmost respect for Ms. Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career, but we believe this claim has no merit and will vigorously defend the case.”
The Queen’s Gambit is predicated on Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel of the identical title, with the lawsuit claiming the textual content was “deliberately” altered by the streaming big to intensify the drama.
This controversy comes forward of the 2021 Emmy Awards this weekend, the place The Queen’s Gambit is nominated for Excellent Restricted or Anthology Sequence, Excellent Lead Actress for Anya Taylor-Pleasure, Excellent Directing and lots of extra.
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