Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, not to be confused with the new Fox drama series about the creation of a Christian television network Filthy Rich, is a docuseries about the life, death and afterlife of Jeffrey Epstein that premiered on Netflix earlier this week. Considering the highly topical subject matter, it was only to be expected that the show would elicit some strong emotions from viewers, and elicit strong emotions it did.
Given the powerful impression that Epstein – whose supposed suicide by hanging while held in custody for sex crimes in late 2019 remains subject to controversy – has made on our culture, it might be interesting to see what folks over on Twitter are saying about this difficult-to-watch series. And below, you can find a sample of the reactions.
— Marcos Tellez (@peligrogordo69) May 28, 2020
Watching Jeffrey Epstein Filthy Rich and man this Mr was a psycho. ?
— Denny ⚪ (@itsmwaura) May 28, 2020
Woah – good job Netflix with Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich.
— Mary Thurlow (@marythurlow) May 28, 2020
two productions i’ve watched this week and can’t stop thinking about: 1917 and jeffrey epstein: filthy rich
— : (@jrianabones) May 28, 2020
This documentary on,
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is really good!
Pretty much like Surviving R Kelly, but a little worse all the young girls he went through
— Jessica ✨ (@JazzEJess_) May 28, 2020
— Aimee 11:58 pm (@AimeeHiHo) May 28, 2020
So I watched Filthy Rich episode 1 this morning instead of my normal routine "Read a Book" and I haven't been ? since. I mean. I wanna shower now and just continue watching.
People out here are HONESTLY insane in the membrane. #clapsHANDS
— Calvin. (@CalvinTheko) May 28, 2020
First 5min of Filthy Rich is ?
— Euphonik™♛ (@euphonik) May 28, 2020
Highly recommend the series on Jeffery Epstein called Filthy Rich that just landed on @Netflix_CA but you probably want to leave time at the end for a good shower. A lot of people would have wanted him silenced. #EvilPeople doing #EvilThings
— Wayne Carter (@NotWayneCarter) May 28, 2020
— HairBangBaby™️ (@chairyJelie) May 28, 2020
Bruh this Jeffrey Epstein Filthy Rich documentary on Netflix is insane ?
— Jose angel (@_benz12) May 28, 2020
The "Jeffrey Epstein; Filthy Rich" on Netflix is an UNBELIEVABLE documentary! https://t.co/joJKtc03GL
— annie van leur (@annievanleur) May 28, 2020
Filthy Rich is the latest story to come out of the #MeToo era. Together with films like Kitty Green’s The Assistant – a fictional story constructed from the non-fictional experiences of several dozen young women working in the film industry – as well as Jay Roach’s Bombshell, it reflects on and raises awareness of sexual misconduct happening in the workplace.
While Epstein may have been apprehended by the law, many of his close friends and associates who have been accused of similar crimes continue to evade justice. Because the fallen financier was a prominent figure in American high society, viewers are sure to encounter a lot of familiar faces in Filthy Rich, including Donald Trump. Although the president of the United States has denied time and again to have been a friend of Epstein’s, the docuseries shows them hanging out together quite a lot.
In the past, some people have worried that the culture surrounding #MeToo, and the way it has changed people’s thoughts about sexual assault, only contributed to society’s ever-growing divide by fanning flames of hatred. However, as the reactions toward Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich clearly show, the most prominent emotion that stories like these evoke is that of sympathy for the victims – and it’s a sympathy that aims to heal rather than hurt.