When it comes to spoilers, nowhere is certain.
Even though they had all the right hashtags and muted words on their social media feeds, many overseas fans of Course de dragsters de RuPaul had this season All stars the winner was spoiled for them on Saturday thanks to Netflix itself.
(Because we’re not that stupid, we won’t reveal the results here. Course de dragsters spoiler-free area, so read on without fear!)
In a silly mistake that I can only assume someone was fired from, the streaming service showed a photo of the winning queen crowned when users clicked to watch the final episode of the fifth season of the spin-offs. Netflix used the same spoiler-specific image as the thumbnail and holding screen for the series, so even simply navigating to the service’s homepage could reveal the winner.
The finale aired in the United States last night, but only became available on Netflix in certain regions, such as parts of Europe and New Zealand, this morning. So, as you can probably imagine, people were drunk to find out who won before even watching the episode. All stars 5 started following the Twitter trend even in the United States, as overseas fans tune in to chew on Netflix.
From Saturday afternoon, several fans on Reddit say Neflix replaced the image with a more benign image of one of the season’s finalists. But the damage was already done.
This isn’t the first time Netflix’s questionable UI choices have screwed up its subscribers. In December, Netflix made the equally baffling decision to automatic reading of a disturbing preview for his docuseries Don’t Fuck With Cats: Chasse et Internet Killer so that anyone browsing the streaming service for something to watch might accidentally hear the sound of brutally murdered kittens. Because, yes, Netflix decided to include it in the trailer for some reason.
Here’s a little consolation for the stranger Course de dragsters fans to consider, however: If we’re being honest, Netflix really spoil anything? I mean, we always knew which queen was going to win this season. Maybe Netflix was right here stagnating with the rest of us.