Why We're Fighting
If 2016 was the year of the “bury your gays” trope, then 2022 solidified the “cancel your gays” trend with shows featuring queer women getting axed left and right. The list of shows canceled by streaming companies keeps growing as the expectations for their performance keep changing making it impossible for any show that isn’t the biggest, most promoted blockbuster to succeed and get more than 2 seasons. Netflix cancelled Warrior Nun on December 14th, 2022, and the reason the Warrior Nun cancellation caused such an uproar is because it made us ask ourselves: when will our shows and stories be good enough so we won't have to beg to see them completed?
Warrior Nun received excellent ratings from critics and fans alike. It remains the best rated second season of a Netflix show on Rotten Tomatoes and it checked all the boxes of a "good show". And all this was done with $0 in marketing and promotion from Netflix. They made the show, didn’t allocate a single dime in promotion in order to get those viewership numbers to meet their current standards, and then canceled it. We’ve seen this over and over again. These are shows portraying minority stories- there’s no way around it. It will be almost impossible to get the same numbers for Warrior Nun, First Kill or The Wilds that you get for The Crown or Stranger Things. But that has to be ok. That has to be enough.
These stories still matter and they deserve to survive. Commitment to diversity means commitment to shows that won’t always find their audience in the majority. Commitment to diversity means commitment to giving these stories the attention, promotion and funding they deserve. Commitment to diversity means giving these shows a fighting chance, not deciding that they’re going to get canceled before a season even airs and withholding any type of promotion or marketing.
We’re angry and done begging for representation. Our stories matter. Right now, we’re channeling all that anger into saving Warrior Nun, getting Netflix and every other platform to pay attention and reconsider their approach. In order to do that, we need to make as much noise as possible. Will you help us?