#IAmKateMessner — Fans of ‘Everything Sucks!’ Tell Netflix That Representation Matters

Peyton Kennedy and Jahi Di'Allo Winston -- 'Everything Sucks!'
Last week Netflix announced that it would be canceling 'Everything Sucks!' after just one season. The show set in the 90's about a group of teenagers trying to figure out how to navigate high school was not only praised by critics but also a fan favorite (with a solid 89% audience score on rotten tomatoes). But what really made it a standout was that it focused on the coming out story of one of the teens, Kate Messner (played superbly by Peyton Kennedy), which is something that hasn’t been done before by any network or streaming service. This aspect of LGBTQ+ representation resonated in a huge way with their audience. So much that fans are still petitioning for Netflix to reconsider, and with the hashtags #RenewEverythingSucks and #IamKateMessner people are sharing their stories and how much these characters mean to them. Some of them coming out stories, others how much Kate’s story was so similar to theirs, and all of them equally touching.

What is really frustrating about this cancellation is that the show ended on a cliffhanger and a turning point for all the characters. But to Netflix I say: Long are the days where we would have to wait a whole year for a new season of Orange is the New Black or House of Cards. The streaming giant keeps releasing new original content on a monthly basis and much like NBC chasing the Friends-ratings whale, whatever way Netflix chooses to measure their audience, shows are no longer going to be the behemoths they once were. This just means that niche audiences are now a thing, much like Sense8’s ardent fanbase, this would be a great time for Netflix to embrace the cult favorite status that shows like 'Everything Sucks!' have managed to attain. After all, Netflix has been a pioneer for this type of original content and following the steps of NBC’s epic fail when they cancelled 'Freaks and Geeks' would be just that, another epic fail. So many shows are able to build a loyal audience when given a chance, and that is the only thing fans are asking for, a chance to share their love for 'Everything Sucks!' with others.

Tweet @Netflix #RenewEverythingSucks and let your voice be heard!


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