"Can we watch new episodes of DC Nation on Cartoon Network now?" "NO!"
"Take that, Fans!"
Fans were justifiably angry, and turned to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and 4Chan to express their rage. Images of crying children wondering why they would do this. Eventually, Cartoon Network issued the following statement: "Hey #DCNation fans! Have you heard?? DC Nation will return in January with all new episodes!" No, they haven't heard, because that PR Blurb was the first they heard of it.
4Chan seemed especially furious, even for 4Chan. Vigilante justice levels of anger were displayed. Twitter and Tumblr and Facebook fans were angry, but still mostly rational.
Mostly. In any case, online petitions were made, Facebook comments sections were flooded, and it doesn't seem as if this will die down any time soon. To add insult to injury, they replaced Sundays airing of DC Nation with Canada's own Johnny Test, the poster boy for the abolishment of cancon requirements.
Cartoon Network have shown themselves to be a 2-bit operation. If they do indeed have a desire to cancel DC Nation, they should have done so after giving at least a week of notice, and allowed this week to air. They would have avoided ending the shows on a cliffhanger, and further angering fans by not telling them until the last minute. People would have been angry, but it's a different kind of angry when someone puts a steak in front of you and then quickly yanks it away and instead gives you dog food. If the Cartoon Network does desire to cancel this block, they should communicate this to their parent Time-Warner, and to DC Entertainment, who would probably be better off airing their shows on a network like the CW.
Does this bode well for people thinking of subscribing to the Canadian version of this specialty channel, currently on free previews on a select few providers? No, it's horrible PR. Even though the Canadian channel is still way behind on airing the shows, the bad PR for the American station affects the Canadian one. The people paying to run this network in Canada should be angry. Advertisers should be angry. The idea that even the producers of these shows were shocked and confused on twitter brought the anger to yet another plateau. This whole scenario should be cataloged for future reference as an example of how not to act.
Apparently it's the 20th Anniversary of Cartoon Network. They are celebrating their 20th birthday by angering their fans, by making children cry, and by shooting themselves in the foot for the future. Happy Birthday, Cartoon Network. I was a jerk when I was 20 too.
** Update ** Young Justice and Green Lantern seem to be available through iTunes. Who ever thought there'd be a day I'd be praising Apple. Alas, no DC Nation shorts available there.
** Update 2 ** Apparently been removed from iTunes, but it's too late, it's in the wild.
** Update 3 ** some people are still having success with iTunes still, so try your luck. Show might be on Amazon some time this week as well, if you don't iTunes.
Because I figure I can't just post Green Lantern images.
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