Armed with a cult zeal for the Canadian play – a remake of the classic Anne of Green Gables – fans have unleashed their anger at the public broadcaster and the streaming service.
It started in November, when CBC and Netflix announced that the show would not be coming back for a fourth season. Since then, his fan base has sent more than 13 million tweets demanding that the show continue.
Show-goers even raised funds to put up billboards in major cities, including Toronto and New York, calling on passers-by to broadcast the show on Netflix and create demand for a new season.
In a CBC article on the billboards, state-owned journalists contacted spokespeople to ask for comments on the giant posters, but no statement was provided. “CBC contacted CBC and Netflix, but neither responded,” the article said.
Fans invaded the CBC comment sections on its news site, bombarding unrelated reports with calls to revive Anne with an E. The group even infiltrated Netflix’s quarterly earnings call on YouTube, spamming the comments section.
“People were scandalized. The cast and crew were also blinded by this, “said Lisa The, a Toronto-based organizer with AWAE Fan Projects, at The Guardian. “Everyone loves the show of course. They just couldn’t believe it. “
Five months ago, after the show’s initial announcement was canceled, the super fans posted a petition on change.org requesting that the show be picked up for a fourth season. He collected nearly 300,000 signatures.
The CBC said on Sunday that it would start hiding all future “comments related to Anne on unrelated articles.”
“I feel like the CBC hasn’t faced a durable seat like this before,” one of the group’s organizers, Rachel G, who lives in New York, told The Guardian.
She said the public broadcaster, using social media, has opened up to these types of attacks.
“Often the CBC engagement questions on Twitter are things like ‘What’s your favorite deli? Said Rachel. “And I’m happy to go out there and say” Hey, in this episode of Anne with an E, Gilbert ate meat – and also renewed Anne With an E!”
A CBC Kids article in November suggested that some of the zealous tweets could be bots, with many accounts created this month, with generic names with numbers at the end and no profile photos.
“Of course, they were just created that day,” replied Rachel. “I’m not going to go to my personal Twitter and start tweeting about Anne with an E hundreds of times in a day. “
The show covers topics such as slavery, Aboriginal experiences, sexual assault and feminism. Lisa and Rachel did not understand why the series should be stopped.