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Netflix Maid Viewers Are Pointing Out The Problem With The 'Nice Guy' Trope

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Netflix Maid Viewers Are Pointing Out The Problem With The 'Nice Guy' Trope

For those of us who binged Squid Game before it was cool, we’ve moved onto Netflix’s other hugely popular drama, Maid.

The series sees young mother Alex decide to leave her emotionally abusive relationship with her toddler, and try and give them a better life.

But Alex, played by Margaret Qualley, faces a series of trials and tribulations while trying to build a safer environment for her and her daughter, including homelessness, lack of money and practically no family support.

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However, Alex is offered help by Nate – an old friend and semi-love interest, who puts her and her daughter up while she is looking to stand on her own two feet.

Nate's bearded good looks initially had fans lusting after the character.

Nate's good looks have made him popular on Twitter (Credit: Netflix)
Nate's good looks have made him popular on Twitter (Credit: Netflix)

Taking to Twitter, one thirsty fan said: “Back on Maid. Alex ignored Nate for Shawn. Sad.”

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A second said: “The fact that Alex chose Sean over Nate? Couldn’t be me.”

Some Maid fans have criticised the character for being a typical ‘nice guy’ – only treating a woman with kindness and patience in the expectation she will have sex with him in return.

But is Nate just your typical entitled nice guy? (Credit: Netflix)
But is Nate just your typical entitled nice guy? (Credit: Netflix)

“I felt like Nate needed a refresher on boundaries,” one person wrote on Reddit. “He kept pressuring a woman who clearly had too much on her plate. Also the fact that he accused her of having sex with Sean and kicked her out when they weren’t even dating left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Nate is not a squeaky clean character (Credit: Netflix)
Nate is not a squeaky clean character (Credit: Netflix)

“It makes me think he wanted her there because he wanted access to her in addition to helping her. He clearly thought he was entitled to her in a romantic way. That’s a red flag for me.”

A second chipped in: “Nate was the toxic ‘Knight Savior’ embodiment. It was refreshing to see how not so nice his character turned out to be.”

"She tried to turn down a lot of his help so as not to confuse the situation and he kept insisting," a third said. "He was yet another person who thought he knew what was best for her and didn’t f***ing listen to her repeated clarity about what she was after and what she was capable of. She wanted help with no strings, but he couldn’t deliver. His feelings are NOT her responsibility.

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Look before you lust, ladies.

Maid is available to stream on Netflix.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Netflix, TV And Film

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