Freeform recently aired a special "POP'n Knowledge" version of Toy Story and one of the factoids included in the broadcast is drawing quite the backlash from the Shadowhunters fan base.
Unique programming to the Disney-owned channel, Freeform will air classic movies and overlay graphics with various tidbits of pop culture knowledge over the film as it airs. On the recent airing of Toy Story, one overlay read "Will Freeform save Shadowhunters if I keep tweeting about it?"
You see, the problem is — the overlay popped up during the part of Toy Story where Woody (Tom Hanks) is asking a Magic 8 Ball various questions. In this shake
Suffice to say, Shadowhunters fans weren't pleased in the slightest. After three seasons on Freeform, the channel decided to cancel the supernatural drama earlier this year. Almost immediately after the cancellation, the fandom took to Twitter to launch a #SaveShadowhunters campaign.
With such a passionate fanbase continually campaigning for the return of the show months after its cancellation, this trolling by Freeform most definitely didn't sit well with the fans. It should be noted that Freeform has since apologized for the incident on their official Twitter account.
Keep scrolling to see some of the reactions to the incident from all corners of the Shadowhunters fanbase.
Hahah “a mistake” worst cover up ever! That’s like us saying that watching Shadowhunters was a mistake! FF you’re making yourselves look worse every second!#saveShadowhunters pic.twitter.com/rvYSjsnrY0— JD23 #SaveShadowhunters (@D23Jess) December 16, 2018
It's all and well that @FreeformTV apologized to Darren and Todd but the pop-up wasnt a direct jab at them. It was to us, the #SaveShadowhunters campaign. We are owed a sincere apology for what they did.— IssaBitSalty saw Aquaman 70?? (@Herondale_Ducks) December 17, 2018
It was a low blow meant to through shade and taunt us.#Shadowhunters
I like the people I know at @FreeformTV but to mock #Shadowhunters fans during their pop up version of #ToyStory was so tacky. Whoever made this "trivia" really needs to apologize to the #SaveShadowhunters crowd who raised so much money for good causes to support their show. pic.twitter.com/mdtGbCwib5— KSiteTV (@KSiteTV) December 16, 2018
BIIIITCHES! Look at how powerful we are! We made a major network acknowledge and apologize to us and the showrunners (even if it was a fake apology). I'm in awe of us!#Shadowhunters #SaveShadowhunters— Tasha Adamski (@TashaAdamski) December 17, 2018
I know we're all upset with ABC Family right now, but please don't boycott S3B. We still want to give 3B good ratings to increase our chances of S4. You can protest by switching to another channel immediately after the episode is done airing. #saveshadowhunters #shadowhunters— Mediaaddict #saveshadowhunters (@TVFilmaddicted) December 16, 2018
YOUR SAYING IT WAS A MISTAKE WORSE COVER UP EVER THAT'S LIKE SAYING WATCHING SHADOWHUNTERS OR TRYING TO SAVE THE SHOW IS A MISTAKE YOUR MAKING YOURSELVES LOOK WORSE EVERY SECOND NOW WE KNOW WHAT YOUR NETWORK REPRESENTS WATCHING YOUR NETWORK WAS A MISTAKE #SaveShadowhunters pic.twitter.com/7ZHXRl1jv1— TORIEMICHELLE (@SVMICHELLE) December 17, 2018