Netflix subscribers slam The Breakfast Club being Photoshopped

‘Did they think no one would notice?’: Outraged Netflix viewers spot cannabis joint has been edited out of The Breakfast Club promo picture and replaced with a pencil

  • Brian Johnson smokes a cannabis joint in a scene in cult film The Breakfast Club 
  • Image on Netflix UK film guide sees actor Anthony Michael Hall holding a pencil 
  • Subscribers took to Twitter blasting the subscription service for censorship 

Many people have been spending lockdown binge watching their favourite films, and now eagle-eyed viewers have spotted a glaring photoshop swap made to one eighties cult classic. 

Netflix UK subscribers have taken to Twitter asking if other viewers had spotted a still from the film The Breakfast Club had been photoshopped to transform a cannabis joint into a pencil. 

The scene from the movie sees Anthony Michael Hall’s character Brian Johnson smoking a cannabis joint.

Writing under the handle @ballofregret, a user from Wales wrote: ‘Y’all Netflix Photoshopped a pencil into Brian’s hand instead of the zoot, I’m dying.’ 

Netflix UK subscribers spotted that the service provider used a Photoshopped image (pictured) to promote The Breakfast Club in their film listings, replacing a cannabis joint with a pencil 

Netflix swapped actor Anthony Michael Hall’s character Brian Johnson’s cannabis joint (pictured) for a pencil in a still from the film used in their promotional materials 

A Twitter user from Wales sparked a discussion about the edited imagery, revealing their amusement with ‘I’m dying’

 The thread went viral with over 42,000 re-tweets, as many people checked their own Netflix accounts to confirm the theory. 

The Breakfast Club, released in 1985, has a scoring of 92 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes from audiences and 89 per cent from film critics.

The hit blockbuster follows five students John Bender, Allison Reynolds, Brian Johnson, Claire Standish and Andrew Clark as they spend a Saturday at school in detention.

The scene in which John Bender, Claire Standish and Brian Johnson, smoke a cannabis joint was edited before being used in Netflix’s film listings.

The Breakfast Club follows five students including Brian Johnson as they spend a Saturday at school in detention (pictured: Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson smoking a joint in the film) 

Blasting the move, one person wrote: ‘There’s so many Netflix Originals about weed though, I don’t get they censored this’

Another said: ‘So sick of art being censored. Didn’t we used to fight against s***?

‘Did we all become prudes with the birth of the internet? I seem to remember a movie store getting sued for censoring movies for religious reasons, but Netflix does it and we all seem to look the other way.’

A third added: ‘I haaaaaate that. Did they really think no one would notice.’ 


A stream of responses to the Twitter thread came from those blasting the subscription service for censoring the film 

A third added: ‘I haaaaaate that. Did they really think no one would notice.’ 

Defending Netflix, another wrote: ‘This is a common cover for the film. Places like Walmart etc back in the 90s demanded this type of change. 

‘Chance are Netflix computers randomly assigned this cover when the movies went up. I doubt a person had anything to do with it.’

Characters Claire Standish, John Bender and Brian Johnson (pictured) are seen smoking the cannabis joint towards the middle of the film 

The Eighties cult classic has been highly rated on Rotten Tomatoes by audiences and film critics alike. Pictured: Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish

Spotting that the drug had been swapped for a pencil, one fan wrote: ‘I think what makes it funnier is that at first glance, it’s a pretty decent Photoshop job lmao.’

‘How did I never notice this oml,’ another said.

A third added: ‘Haha, that’s got to be some regional difference that some country required. Then again we also started doing less smoking in Netflix Originals starting last July. I didn’t think that would apply to old movies too’

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