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#SaveWarriorNun

Fans of “Warrior Nun” are fighting to keep the show going.

If you’re an avid Twitter user, you’ve probably seen the tag at least once: #SaveWarriorNun.

Netflix’s show “Warrior Nun” by Simon Barry released its second season back in November. It features fantasy demons, an evil angel, and the badass team of nuns who fight to protect the world from them. It’s a mix of fantasy, sci-fi, and romance, so what’s not to love?

Apparently, Netflix didn’t agree. They announced the cancellation of the show shortly after the second season was released. Now, fans all over the world are calling to save the show. They’ve made petitions, fan-art, and shared how the show has impacted their lives. The #SaveWarriorNun hashtag on Twitter has continued to trend, as fans ask one simple question: Why?

The numbers don’t lie. “Warrior Nun” has remained on the Top 10 Variety Trending TV chart for the nearly two months since its second season was released. It scored #4 on The New York Times The 50 Best TV Shows on Netflix list. It even has a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes — a near impossible feat.

With such high ratings and dedicated fans, why was “Warrior Nun” canceled?

Netflix themselves have not put out a statement as to why. But, there’s one striking trend that fans can’t help but point out: Shows made featuring lesbian protagonists have repeatedly been axed by Netflix in recent years. With main sapphic couple Ava and Beatrice forming in the second season, “Warrior Nun” joins the graveyard.

Here’s some other canceled shows that “Warrior Nun” joined: “First Kill,” “Everything Sucks,” “I Am Not Okay With This,” “Sense8,” and “Teenage Bounty Hunters,” just to name a few. What do they all have in common? They’ve all featured lesbian main characters and relationships.

One Twitter user even joked in a viral tweet, “Why didn’t I know Netflix had a category for all their canceled shows?”, referring to the “Lesbian Film and TV” section on Netflix.

Fans understand that the issue doesn’t just start in the cancellation of the show. It starts when diverse shows are given little budget and resources, little promotion, and are expected to perform as well as other heavily funded shows.

It’s also been pointed out that compared to other queer media focused on men, such as “Heartstopper” or “Young Royals,” lesbian shows are usually fantasy or sci-fi opposed to realistic fiction. Not only does this mean they cost more to make, it means they aren’t able to show lesbians in a real life setting. Many fans argue, ‘Doesn’t this tell young viewers that lesbians are only allowed to exist in a fantasy world?’

Netflix is simply setting up their sapphic shows to fail, despite the thousands of LGBT fans who have spoken up and pleaded to be heard.

In a letter to Netflix, one fan wrote, “Our question is this: When is enough, enough? How much longer do we as LGBT/sapphic viewers have to fight and struggle to hold onto even a single meaningful story that is eventually dashed away by the platforms that claim to care?”

“The story of “Warrior Nun” transcended its status as a program – it has literally changed lives. Having touched so many people, stories like “Warrior Nun” give its audience a chance to see themselves in the characters portrayed on screen, allowing viewers to think, “This is my story, and I am being heard.””

So why are we not being heard?

 

By Caileigh Winslade, Senior, ChiArts

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Written by Caileigh Winslade

I'm your local writer, video editor, and game designer, but when I'm not creating things I'm probably fueling my rhythm game addiction or cuddling one of my four cats.

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