Peer pressure takes an ugly turn in the upcoming Netflix series The Push. In it, “Psychological Illusionist” Derren Brown will be bringing his unique style of manipulation to the US for the first time, exposing the secrets of obedience and social compliance. Which is a fancy way of saying: he’s gonna see if he can use our natural instinct to obey authority to make someone maybe, possibly, commit murder. Um, sounds fun?
I don’t know about you, but that trailer makes me all kinds of uncomfortable. Probably because I absolutely believe it’s possible to convince moral people to act immorally. It’s also possible to say no, however, and I’m hoping that’s the conclusion of the experiment. Because I’m pretty sure if I was manipulated into (fake) killing someone, I’d be devastated and traumatized — even without it being recorded and shared for entertainment value. And rightfully so! Because, you know. MURDER.
(And for those of you who are familiar with Derren Brown, this sounds like the set up of his 2016 UK television special Pushed To The Edge. If you’ve seen it, no spoilers please!).
Will it give you hope for humanity, or make you want to burn everything to the ground and let the Honey Badgers take over? Find out when The Push launches on Netflix February 27th.