“Violence has a gender. It’s always a man,” remark Amanita Caplan’s dads. I’d take it too-big a statement if it wasn’t true. But it is Netflix, the platform-turned-studio that churned out inspired titles such as Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down and The Wachowski’s Sense8, the same people who are just now taking them down.
To those uninitiated, both The Get Down and Sense8 are among the few shows in Netflix’s roster depicting issues of minorities and promoting thought for diversity. After announcing the cancellation of the former earlier in the week, Netflix has now announced that the latter show is following suit.
— Veraniia Silva! (@veraniia_silva) June 1, 2017
— jayde (@lustformagic) June 1, 2017
Netflix has had its Firefly moment. #sense8 is one of the best shows on TV, and the most innovative. What a short-sighted decision.
— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) June 1, 2017
— kilo (@kaylala_04) June 1, 2017
If you want Netflix’s reeking of boilerplate-written-by-an-intern stench statement, here’s Cindy Holland—VP of original content—“talking” about the cancellation: “After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end. It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable. Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world. We thank Lana, Lilly, Joe and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.”
Of course, it could be a number of reasons. Firstly, the show is expensive to make, and without gargantuan numbers (doubled with what shows like Riverdale and 13 Reasons Why brings to the table), it would be difficult picturing a show like Sense8 go on.
— Armand @ QCIFF 2017 (@armanddc) June 2, 2017
The thing though, as it always is, is timing. Netflix didn’t have someone in the company sensitive enough so as to not be oblivious to the fact that June is Pride Month and today is, uh, well, June. Pride Month is a big thing for the show; last season even peaked in a key moment where Lito, one of the show’s principal characters, a closeted action movie star, came out to a sea of people and professed his love for his lover, Hernando.
This is cruel, Netflix.