Published Aug 27, 2019As always, there are a lot of travesties unfolding simultaneously around the globe right now. For a small group of people, one of those disasters includes Netflix's decision to cancel Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's Netflix show The OA. One fan has gone so far as to launch a hunger strike outside of the streaming service's office.
According to Insider, a woman named Emperial Young launched a hunger strike on August 16. She's continued to tweet about the move throughout the month, urging fans to protest the show's cancellation but warning them against joining her in the hunger strike.
"Entertainment is food for the human soul and Netflix's algorithm isn't measuring that right now," Young told Insider. "And by not taking physical food, I'm saying that this show is more important food to me than actual food."
On Twitter, she added, "While it looks like I'm protesting a TV cancellation on the surface, I am protesting the capitalist forces that killed the show, general lack of societal support resources, and to raise awareness about properly teaching AI.... The cancellation is a lens for these topics. Which doesn't mean I'm not trying to save the show. I definitely, definitely am! But that's not all I'm doing."
Young is not alone in the protest. As the Los Angeles Times reports, OA fans have been picketing outside of Netflix ever since the cancellation was first announced. They've also completed flashmobs around the country.
Yesterday (August 26), fans performed the "five movements" from the show in a flashmob in New York's Times Square.
Further, fans also raised over $5,000 USD on GoFundMe to purchase a "Save The OA" billboard in Times Square.
Watch the flashmob and view the billboard below.