Netflix has so many problems on its plate — fleeing subscribers, angry transgenders, knives-out competition — that a boycott by fans of a teen lesbian vampire series seems like a gnat-sized annoyance in comparison.
But their outrage was vociferous enough on Wednesday to cause #CancelNetflix to trend on Twitter after the streamer drove a stake through the heart of First Kill after just one season. The sapphic drama series, which debuted in June, was neither a critical nor popular success, but its premature demise had its loyal followers seeing red.
Some of the show’s fans have accused Netflix of “lesbophobia” and racism, noting that First Kill featured characters who were gay women of color. “Why do y’all hate lesbians so much?” one fan asked.
— RIP KOBE & GIGI 😢💔ミ☆ (@Stand4Chnge_BLM) August 3, 2022
Like my thing is we’re never going to get a dark skin lesbian lead again. Like this was rare for media. This was a rare sighting for people that look like me. And they just canceled it. Like I still can’t process this shit bro #cancelnetflix #SaveFirstKill
— still protecting calliette (@killfirsts) August 3, 2022
The show’s rating and views were just fine. When will companies stop canceling shows that gives their lesbian viewers representation? Why do y’all hate lesbians so much?#CancelNetflix #SaveFirstKill pic.twitter.com/GmNtRCUcNX
— Rose | SAVE #FIRSTKILL (@Hedasimp) August 3, 2022
Deadline reported that Netflix canceled First Kill after the series failed meet the thresholds for viewing and completion of episodes needed to renew the series for a second season. But that reasoning didn’t appear to convince the show’s fans.
— cyn 🌞🌚 (@tribadismm) August 3, 2022
— S. C. Peregrine (@sarahcaitlin) August 3, 2022
— Praying for netflix’s Downfall (@AToldYouSo) August 3, 2022
Many First Kill fans took special delight in seeing so many people cancel their Netflix subscriptions.
— 💔 ℑmani ewis (@MadanmMani) August 3, 2022
— jesss || SAVE FIRST KILL (@jss_mee) August 3, 2022
As Breitbart News reported, Netflix revealed last month that it lost close to 1 million subscribers in the second quarter — the largest quarterly loss of customers in the company’s history. The exodus of subscribers has pressured the streamer to cut costs and lay off hundreds of employees.
Shares of Netflix are down more than 60 percent for the year so far.