Note: This post contains a few spoilers about the final episode of Netflix's Everything Sucks!
Netflix's decision to cancel Everything Sucks! hit Twitter hard this weekend. The 90s-centric teen dramedy series, about a group of AV club kids teaming with the drama club to create a sci-fi film while coping with their personal developments and disappointments, concluded its first season with several open ends which are hard to imagine never being resolved: What's going to happen when Luke's mom sees her dad again for the first time? Is Oliver ever coming back? Is McQuaid going to return that snazzy new suit?
The one that really seems to be hitting home with social media users, though, is the unfinished business of Kate Messner, the central female figure who was just about to come out to her father before being interrupted in the finale.
The actress portraying her, Peyton Kennedy, revealed her disappointment that the story would not continue and in the process, launched a hashtag that allowed others who identified with the character's journey to express their appreciation for Kate.
Try reading a few of these without sobbing.
Like you I'm heartbroken but I'm grateful I got to portray this complex & important character. Broken, closeted Kate blossomed into a teen icon. Love from fans & critics is testament to the power of her unique voice. I admire you for raising your unique voices. #iamkatemessner pic.twitter.com/Y5liRBZqCt— Peyton Kennedy (@peyton_kennedy) April 7, 2018
Kate is an incredible character that many people identified with, the story of how she discovered herself and accepts herself deserves more ❤ @peyton_kennedy #iamkatemessner pic.twitter.com/yAfzzpcaou— lula (@kemalinesweety) April 7, 2018
kate was such an inspirational character to me and someone never before seen on televison. she was a strong, brave, young gay woman and i love her so much@peyton_kennedy #iamkatemessner pic.twitter.com/wPHUdaulg8— ♡ (@murphsbell) April 7, 2018
this series' portrayal of the lgbtq+ community holds a special place in my heart. i really felt a connection w/ kate, i'm still a teen trying to figure my own sexuality. sad to see i won't be able to see her whole journey. #iamkatemessner pic.twitter.com/YNji7iRnjQ— c | i am kate messner (@_xcristinex_) April 8, 2018
this show helped me, like many others, come to terms with my sexuality. "Everything sucks" is so important and valuable @netflix please don't take a 2nd season away from us #iamkatemessner#reneweverythingsucks— Helena 🌈✧ (@hellohelenahere) April 7, 2018
What a loss for LGBTQ+ community... I really love that show, I watched it 4 times by now. I was really excited for the season 2... I'm so devastated! We really need to change this... #iamkatemessner— LilBizz (@LilBizz9) April 8, 2018
i feel so attached to this character because short time ago I was still discovering myself, like she was in the first episodes, and I would have loved to keep doing that with her. #iamkatemessner @peyton_kennedy pic.twitter.com/PF8fFKQIBD— α g υ ѕ #RenewEverythingSucks (@_driftingmike) April 7, 2018
#iamkatemessner @peyton_kennedy u don't know how many people you have impacted and helped with this character, so sad it's not being renewed as so many ppl related to her & we rly need more lgbt representation in the media especially for teens to realise their sexuality is ok💓🌈— aimee 👼 (@picklesdelano) April 7, 2018
Kate Messner is so important. She was the character I needed when I was 14. And I'm so sorry for all the young girls out there who were finally staring to see themselves in a character for the first time. I'm sorry @netflix took that away from you. #iamkatemessner— d. (@lgbtkemaIine) April 8, 2018
As if the show's cancellation wasn't already sucky enough.