All the snow that's been pounding the East Coast lately is really getting to people. Take Thursday's Internet outburst related to the hit Netflix show "House Of Cards."
People took to the netwaves to try to bully Netflix into releasing the show a day ahead of its scheduled 3 a.m. Friday premiere time. The reason for the outcry? Apparently, viewers felt they couldn't survive a snow day at home without having Kevin Spacey's warm southern drawl keeping them toasty in front of their TVs.
Seems things were started by a post on Slate's culture blog Brow Beat, written by David Haglund, in which he penned an open letter to Netflix asking for an early release of the show.
"I know you have a whole host of viewing options, but the only thing that will keep us entertained for the amount of time we have to kill is a gripping, twisty drama 'designed to be binge-watched,' like, say, House of Cards," he wrote. "And not the first season. We watched that already. It was great! Now we need Season 2. Today."
Oddly enough, the cry was picked up by Alex Conant, press secretary for Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Florida! The only state out of all 50 that's completely snow-free according to a map produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration! Conant Tweeted: "If/when DC shuts down for blizzard Thursday, @netflix would be smart to make new @HouseofCards available one day early."
This led to a flurry of tweets and the creation of the Twitter hashtag #ReleaseHouseOfCards. A few of my favorites:
Have mercy, @netflix! I'm binge watching Hoarding: Buried Alive to pass the time while it snows. #ReleaseHouseofCards a day early!!— Teri Christoph (@TeriChristoph) February 13, 2014
If we can wait until 2016 for #Obamacare, we can wait until Friday for "House of Cards." #JustSayin. #ReleaseHouseOfCards #tcot— Maul Of America (@MaulofAmerica) February 13, 2014
There was even a petition created by Philadelphian Kellan White on change.org that got 109 signatures with people siting various reasons for signing. My favorite came from Ken Stachnik in Sunnyside, New York who said: "Because David Fincher is my spirit animal." (Fincher is the show's executive producer.) While it might have been a great PR move for Netflix to have caved and released "House of Cards" a day early, a company spokesman said, "Hunker down and re-watch season one so you are good and ready," CNN reports.
So there are these things called books... #ReleaseHouseOfCards— Timothy Long (@timothylong) February 14, 2014
This displeased at least one fan, who, clearly misunderstanding the meaning of "video on demand" tweeted:
So @Netflix deciding to not give us what we want, when we want it? Isn't that their whole buisness model? #ReleaseHouseOfCards @HouseofCards— Charles Thorp (@charlesthorp) February 13, 2014
If all this "House of Cards" talk has got you salivating for a peek at season two, here you go...