Fight to save Anne with an E now has its own billboards
A slew of online support for the show Anne with an E continues to rage on, and now the campaign for the series to be picked back up has been taken to new heights; above Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto.
Our billboards are up! They are appearing about every two minutes or so, so if you’re near Toronto come check them out! We have five screens with two different images.— lisa 🥕🤖 | #RenewAnneWithAnE (@yearslisa) January 12, 2020
I’ll get better pics when my hands thaw! #awaebillboard pic.twitter.com/b01T3DjP33
Fans of the hit CBC series Anne with an E were devastated when news of the show cancellation broke late last year, after just three seasons of it being on air.
Digital Billboards in the popular square in Toronto have begun to appear, with the key message being "save Anne with an E" and "renew Anne with an E."
The billboards list a number of themes covered over the show's three seasons, including racism, feminism, classism, gender bias, and sexual harassment.
And here’s our other screen: #awaebillboard pic.twitter.com/5NbUou8KiL— lisa 🥕🤖 | #RenewAnneWithAnE (@yearslisa) January 12, 2020
The billboards haven't gone unnoticed. Actress Katelyn Wells has already made a visit to the billboards in downtown Toronto. Wells appeared in all three seasons of the show as the character Mary Joe.
Wells said in a post on Instagram that she is blown away by how much the fans are dedicated to fighting for the show.
A group called Anne with an E Fan Projects funded the billboards after raising over $1,000 through a GoFundMe.
The group wrote on Instagram that the objective of the billboard is to let the production know that they aren't backing down.
"This way we could get the attention of CBC and Northwood Entertainment as it is one of our main goals: letting the production know that we are not backing down and still fighting and aiming for potential networks, viewers, and media outlets," read a statement posted to the AWAE Fan Projects Instagram.
This is incredible, I'm crying. The best fandom ever #awaebillboard— RENEW AWAE (@ViajeraEnLibros) January 12, 2020
The series has been praised for it's approach to sensitive culptural conversations and progressive storylines, as well as it's homage to Canadian Culture.
Anne with an E was filmed in P.E.I. and Ontario, and opened with the hit Tragically Hip song 'Ahead by a Century.' Season two saw an LGBTQ+ storyline and the introduction of the show's first black character, while Season three had an Indigenous focus.
When the news of the cancellation broke CBC and Netflix said in a joint statement, "We’ve been thrilled to bring the quintessentially Canadian story of Anne With an E to viewers around the world. We hope fans of the show love this final season as much as we do, and that it brings a satisfying conclusion to Anne’s journey."
The show premiered back in March 2017, and was inspired by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel “Anne of Green Gables” and expanded upon the classic story.
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