e66. Fandom Petitions

Did you hear about the thing a couple weeks ago where a Christian watchdog group started a petition to get Netflix to cancel the hit TV show Good Omens because Satan, and the internet got a big huge laugh out of it, because that show isn’t even on Netflix? That was great. But it makes us wonder… other than the fact that they petitioned the wrong streaming network, was what they tried to do really any worse than when fans get together to cancel (or save) any TV show? We’re inclined to make fun of people who want force HBO to remake the last season of Game of Thrones or who sincerely think they’re going to get Disney and Lucasfilm to reshoot The Last Jedi in it’s entirety. That said, how is this different than making a petition to rerender Sonic the Hedgehog for his movie? But is what these people want really any different than people trying to save Community, Chuck or Sense8? And honestly, even though this recent petition went to the wrong network, did that really affect its ability to succeed in any substantive way? It’s not like Amazon was going to cancel it anyway. Mav and Hannah are joined by returning guest Andrew Darowski and new guest Matthew Brake to work through the issue of just why do fandom petitions exist, can they ever be effective? Are they useful, a frivolous waste of time, or actively helpful? And what is their relationship to… you know… actual useful petitions? Listen to our thoughts and then let us know what you think.

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  1. I don’t know if petitions themselves work in any concrete way, but… certainly bring attention to a collective fandom’s opinions.

    A few that I recall off the top of my head as successful would be Jericho getting a 2nd season after they mailed them a bunch of Peanuts in the mail (some kind of reference relevant to a line a character said on the show.)

    For Mass Effect, when fans were angry about how the ending of the game and how it wasn’t as rewarding, etc. (Something I think they were kind of being toxic entitled shits about) they did send some ridiculous amount of cupcakes to the office each a different frosting color (Red, Green, Blue) but all Vanilla to denote the 3 different endings that you could get in the game (each associate with a color, but more or less very similar in content.)

    While I don’t know if mailing a bunch of cupcakes to people you’re angry played any part in this compared to the negative media attention they got from all the social media discourse, they did eventually spend time/money to create an “extended cut” of the ending as downloadable content that while not solving the overall issue gave the ending more substance and thought.

    Also speaking of videogames, there was the overall negative feedback about Sonic the Hedgehog’s look/design. I don’t know if a petition was involved, but they did postpone the entire film release to redo it all.

    Also, while the show wasn’t saved, I do think all the outcry about Constantine being cancelled got Matt Ryan a LOT of gigs as an animated series voice actor, and a reoccurring role on Legends of Tomorrow and such. So, I’d still consider that a success if only in a “People really like this actor as this character, if we ever do anything with this character we should try to get this actor to play him.”

    So… tl;dr, I don’t know if petitions succeed necessarily so much as they bring a lot of awareness to the studio about what fans like (or what fans hate.) Which helps them make more informed choices/decisions in the future.

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