Freeform totally dunked on all of these people, who may or may not be vampires?
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You may not watch it and you may not have ever even heard of it, but Freeformā€™s Shadowhunters is a very popular show with a very active and vocal fanbase, as evidenced by the fact that it was named the best TV show of 2018 at the Peopleā€™s Choice Awards in Novemberā€”not Killing Eve, not The Good Place, and not The Americans, since none of those were even nominated. Freeform decided to cancel the show earlier this year after three seasons, with the final episodes to air in February, but Shadowhunters fans arenā€™t going to let it go down without a fight and have resorted to pleading with the Freeform Twitter account to save the show (as fans often do with stuff like this).

Fortunately, Freeform has heard the cries of the Shadowhunters fans. Unfortunately, it responded to them in a way that doesnā€™t inspire much hope for the showā€™s future. During a ā€œPOPnKnowledgeā€ airing of Toy Story recently on Freeform that had fun little gags pop up on the screen along with the movie, the network paired the question ā€œWill Freeform save Shadowhunters if I keep tweeting about it?ā€ with the scene where Woody shakes a Magic 8 Ball and receives the snotty response: ā€œDonā€™t count on it.ā€

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It isā€”no offense to Shadowhunters fansā€”hilarious. However, Freeform seems to have forgotten that the fanbase it is poking fun at is a fanbase that had enough power to make a canceled show be named the best of 2018, and it turns out that Shadowhunters fans donā€™t think itā€™s as funny as we do. The network has been forced to issue an apology, dismissing the joke as a ā€œmistakeā€ in a tweet that has been viciously ratioā€™d.

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Seriously, Freeform. What were you thinking? This would be like The CW telling its viewers to stop ā€˜shipping every character on every one of its shows or Fox News telling viewers to stop being racist.

[via Deadline]