Netflix has clapped back at a viral meme on Twitter that criticizes the streaming giant for featuring gay characters in its series.
Twitter user @AdamSB___ posted a meme of the Spongebob Squarepants character Patrick Star, labeled “Netflix,” stuffing a giant pumpkin, labeled “an unnecessary gay character” into a small funnel, labeled “any new series.”
Every damn new series pic.twitter.com/zLJstwiThm
— Chilambo 💜 (@AdamSB___) May 5, 2020
The tweet had over 112,000 likes and nearly 29,000 retweets by Thursday morning.
Netflix took aim at the viral meme Wednesday afternoon, tweeting: “sorry you have yet to realize that every gay person is very necessary.”
sorry you have yet to realize that every gay person is very necessary https://t.co/xTOEcLWryc
— Netflix (@netflix) May 6, 2020
Netflix’s reply received over 331,000 likes, over 55,000 retweets, and thousands of reactions – including a tweet by the Amazon’s official “Prime Video” Twitter account endorsing their clap back.
I love Netflix and Amazon Prime coming together to protect the gays 👏🏼👏🏼
— Melissa Goldman (@MelissaGoldman) May 7, 2020
Oh, poor straight people and their lack of representation in the media, right? 🙃
— Rao (@RaonyPhillips) May 6, 2020
— The Most (@Most) May 6, 2020
— Netflix France (@NetflixFR) May 7, 2020
Straight people be like, 'I feel so suffocated having to see this one gay character'. Wow must be really hard. Now imagine being gay and almost every character in every show on every platform being straight 🤔
— Benjamin Butterworth, but home (@benjaminbutter) May 7, 2020
— 🎱💎TriestSoul💎🎱 (@TriestSoul) May 7, 2020
this is the dumbest thing I have heard today
— inkiad🏳️🌈 (@Inkiadk) May 6, 2020
dude netflix just owned their ass 💀
— feelsbad spaceman💫🪐 (@ldsfugitive) May 7, 2020
— Freeform (@FreeformTV) May 7, 2020
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) May 6, 2020