‘Anne with an E’ fans force CBC to boot them off its reader comment sections


Fans unleashed their wrath, bombarding CBC with millions of tweets and erecting billboards in Toronto and New York

Anne with an E actors Amybeth McNulty and Dalila Bela.        Ken Woroner/Netflix

Fans of the show Anne With an E have been waging a war on the CBC and Netflix for ripping their beloved show from their TV and computer screens.

Armed with a cult-like zeal for the Canadian period piece — a remake of the classic Anne of Green Gables — fans have unleashed their wrath on the public broadcaster and streaming service.

It started in November, when CBC and Netflix announced the show would not return for a fourth season. Since then, its fanbase has sent more than 13 million tweets demanding the show continue.

In a CBC article about the billboards, the crown corporation’s news people reached out to its corporate spokespeople to seek comment about the giant posters, but no statement was provided. “CBC reached out to CBC and Netflix, but neither responded,” the article states.

Fans swarmed CBC’s comment sections on its news site, bombarding unrelated news stories with pleas to revive Anne with an E. The group even infiltrated Netflix’s quarterly earnings call on YouTube, spamming the comments section.

“People were outraged. The cast and the crew were also blindsided by it,” Lisa E, a Toronto-based organizer with AWAE Fan Projects, told The Guardian.  “Everyone loves the show obviously. They just couldn’t believe it.”

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Five months ago, after the initial announcement the show would be cancelled, super-fans released a  petition on change.org demanding the show gets picked up for a fourth season. It has collected nearly 300,000 signatures.

On Sunday, CBC said it would begin hiding all future “Anne-related comments on unrelated posts.”

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  1. CBC will ALWAYS miss the impact of shows like this on the general public.

    I remember the protests in front of CBC buildings during the Monty Python days – CBC did not understand what they had purchased and kept shuffling the schedule and cancelling the show. It took protests in front of CBC buildings across the country for them to schedule the show at a consistent time.

    Same with Coronation Street. The “Street” is probably their highest rated show, but originally CBC programmers had no idea of what they had purchased.

    They also passed on “Eastenders” and “Emmerdale” – both show would have boosted their sagging audience by attracting a consistent and loyal following.

    Now that Schitts Creek is over, there is really no reason to watch – other than Coronation Street. So it makes sense that they would cancel “Anne with an E” .

    The women in charge at CBC are just as clueless as the evil male patriarchy that they replaced.


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