The Get Down

Black Twitter reacted angrily to Netflix’s cancellation of urban musical The Get Down. Twitter users questioned Netflix’s decision to cancel the series after one season. Many deemed the action racist since the cast was made up of mostly black actors.

Twitter users complained that Netflix canceled The Get Down while renewing controversial teenage suicide series ’13 Reasons’ for a 2nd season.

“Was #TheGetDown too much Blackness for Netflix? Did Dear White People and Luke Cage fill your token quotas?” tweeted Jasmin Nicole (@sapphiredoves).

And user Heidi Pamela (@halcyonheid) tweeted “I guess that’s what happens when a show depicting the history of black/latino culture only has 3 secondary white characters #thegetdown”.

Rapper Nas, who co-created the series, tweeted: “Humbled by the support of #TheGetDown fans calling for renewal of the series! Thx for the support!”

The Get Down was the network’s most expensive series at a cost per episode of $16 million. Despite heavy promotion, the show barely drew viewers after the initial debut episode in August.

The show’s co-creator Baz Lurhmann (along with rappers Nas, Grandmaster Flash, and rap historian George Nelson) complained about the many delays and staff changes.

The numerous issues led Luhrmann to back out as show runner for the 2nd season.

“The simple truth is, I make movies. And the thing with movies is, that when you direct them, there can be nothing else in your life,” he said.









  • Kanyade

    Why don’t they get David LaChappelle to direct the second season?

  • Desiree Edwards

    I’m sorry but it wasn’t that good.

  • MsPam

    People just want to complain! Black Twitter?! So someone black owes Twitter now????

  • YellowSauce

    not everything s about race SOME things really ARE about THE NUMBERS … television is a business … black people are all over the television

  • Aaron Lo

    I didn’t really like the show

  • Nala Shakur

    It was boring to me honestly…couldn’t get into it after the 1st episode…i did finish 13 Reasons and even Stranger Things…should I feel guilty?? 13 Reasons was meh…tired of seeing all these white chicks depicted as innocent lil victims n black female actors portray the stereotypical ghetto angry personailty…sorry my mind started to drift…

  • Nala Shakur

    Tht bih in 13 Reasons was annoying.mad over stupid shit… A white girl gets mad bc she made the “nice ass” list ? Yea f’n right. ?

  • Scromes1212

    Should have reduced the budget and got a new director. Kind of like how BET did with The Game. It wasn’t making enough money to justify the budget so it got cancelled but BET drastically reduced the budget and made it work for a long time.

  • SumKinda Sunshine

    Any chance this can get a renewal elsewhere? It’s happened for a few shows in the past. I watched both parts and was really interested in where the characters end up.

  • goat

    Not seeing where Netflix said to Black Twitter?

  • ThisHarryHere

    Oh, I though, from the beginning, that The Getdown was supposed to only last a single season.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Is The Getdown good though? I have in on my list to watch, but I haven’t yet.

  • Harley

    Where did Netflix address black twitter?

    considering they have been “studying black twitter” and have also been working on developing based off tweets… BLACK FOLKS PROTECT YOUR IDEAS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY… THESE DEVILS WILL TAKE IT AND PROFIT AS ALWAYS!

  • n1kk1a

    Even if they cancel the show, they should still do a movie to tie up the loose ends.

  • Yen Chantress

    What happened to my comment I posted earlier?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Manufactured crisis .. There will be other shows… And more after that …. Get a grip … I hear it wasn’t good anyways ?

  • Lanegra??

    It really wasn’t and the new episodes were just weird.

  • jazmine

    It’s boring

  • XoXo

    They are wrong for that! The Get Down is the sht!

  • Miss Love

    Honestly, I didnt care for it & I watched all the episodes wanting so much to love it. It was a little too weird for me. Kungfu meets- 80s hiphop- meets geeky awkward teen wanna be dj boys- meets loose fast teen wanna be singers girls!

  • Tink Tink

    I was searching for the Netflix “clap back” too, but I guess this post was just a click bait –__–

  • Miss Love

    Oh & I almost forgot, throw in a bit of little Jadens gay curiosity to the mix also.

  • goat

    Yeah, she did that.

  • n1kk1a

    The Get Down, Luke Cage, and Dear White People are amazing shows. Of course we watch and support them. Netflix original comedies get love (especially D. Chapelle). I guess I’m not understanding where the non support thing is coming from.

  • n1kk1a

    It is, but if they’re cancelling it and you haven’t even started, I wouldn’t bother with it now. The ending was good and you’re going to want to know what happens, but evidently, we never will….so, yeah. Don’t bother.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    Black Twitter is real

  • Junkanoo

    I did notice when ever Netflix facebook page posted about the Get Down it would usually have far fewer likes than than a number of other shows. I wonder if all the people protesting on twitter watched the show, sadly were still in that place if you don’t support black TV shows and movies we get fewer of them it makes no sense

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    Hubby and I watched because Nas was involved and hip-hop is our intrinsic culture… It was interesting but some of the characters needed better development for you to appreciate their role. I think it could’ve been an important show for these young artists to have a better understanding of the inception.

  • Junkanoo

    I think I was expecting more the dawn of hip hop is a power keg moment and am not sure the show captures that but l did watch season 1to ensure season 2 happened

  • Darkchild

    How is the show. I think if it was race related they never would have produced the series to begin with so I kind of figure ratings are the real reason. Half the people complaining on twitter probable never watched it to begin with. Dear White people was okay also.

  • JV

    I don’t usually like super hero stuff but maybe I’ll give Luke Cage a try. I heard it’s pretty good.

  • Junkanoo

    Stranger things was fun, 13 reasons I won’t bother watching , the get down wasn’t bad it probably needed better writing more interesting plots it is just ok

  • Please Stop The Madness

    If you are a hip hop head you loved it. If not but just mildly interested, you may have enjoyed it. Idk. We loved it at my house. Folks kill me though who never seen it or only saw a snippet of it, weighing in lol. Like your parents said when you were a kid how do you know you don’t like xyz food, you never tried it. In addition to perhaps watching an episode to form your own opinion maybe you need to re-read the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    The nature of the game. Plenty of shows get cancelled everyday! Another one will come

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    The nature of the game. Plenty of shows get cancelled everyday! Another one will come

  • Diva_woman

    I love musicals and I really got into the first half of season 1. It was interesting to learn about that time in space where disco was ending and hip hop was beginning. However it was evident on screen that the writers/directors couldn’t decide on what direction to go in during the second half. The cartoons, Jayden and his boyfriend doing drugs and turning into aliens? I watched both parts and I can’t even really remember the details because it left no real impression. The show was a good idea that was executed poorly.

  • Diva_woman

    I love musicals and I really got into the first half of season 1. It was interesting to learn about that time in space where disco was ending and hip hop was beginning. However it was evident on screen that the writers/directors couldn’t decide on what direction to go in during the second half. The cartoons, Jayden and his boyfriend doing drugs and turning into aliens? I watched both parts and I can’t even really remember the details because it left no real impression. The show was a good idea that was executed poorly.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    That’s what I said! Hey Jenie!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    That’s what I said! Hey Jenie!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    They been doing that! Saw the commercial for Uncle Ben’s this morning. Nice to see his black face this morning

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    They been doing that! Saw the commercial for Uncle Ben’s this morning. Nice to see his black face this morning

  • Please Stop The Madness

    Why is the African couple who had US born sextuplets not bigger news? Didn’t see it yesterday. It’s way buried amongst BS today. But OctoMom slut single mom white trash ass was everywhere

  • AQUEEN

    I get it but when is House of Cards coming back on!!! That is the only reason I keep Netflix

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hey Vanna ?

  • MissHarlem

    Keyword African. Can’t get shine with that.

  • Soda

    May 30.

  • Malcom Flex

    Where’s the black women? Did that ish get boycotted by the almighty BW for not repping?

  • Tynamight

    I never watched it, but that’s bcz I got TADD (Television Attention Deficit Disorder). I got enough attention for…

  • Unhappy American

    That show sucks! I tried but…

  • Mbailey

    I WATCHED half of the first episode; hoping for some connection. Never went back.

  • NeverSurprised

    I don’t know where you’re getting this $16mil per ep figure, Sandy. According to Variety, the original budget was 7.5mil per ep and they went way over, with the final cost of the 12 episode being around $120mil. That would be $10mil per ep, not $16. Even at $10 mil, I’d love to meet the mental giants who paid that kind of money for a show full of unknowns ( and no elaborate costumes, no special effects, no exotic filming locales). The money clearly did not go to the cast, so I’d be curious to know how it was spent. It’s expensive to film in NY, but not THAT damned expensive.

    From Variety:

    “Over the two-and-a-half years since the hip-hop-focused project was set up at Netflix, Luhrmann went through two showrunners, numerous writers, and no small amount of strain with producer Sony Pictures Television. Production of the 12-episode season, the first half of which premieres Aug. 12, went well over the original budget of about $7.5 million per episode and wound up costing at least $120 million overall, with New York state tax incentives factored in, according to sources.”
    http://variety.com/2016/tv/features/the-get-down-netflix-baz-luhrmann-production-troubles-1201822679/

  • NeverSurprised

    Why are black people “required” to watch the show just because it has black subject matter? If you want people (of any color) to watch, produce a good show.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Here’s another link that breaks down the cost of $16M per episode > http://deadline.com/2016/10/the-get-down-costs-rise-netlfix-baz-luhrmann-1201837874/

  • Wile E. Coli

    lol.. yeah.. it was racist.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    A lot of black programming is so poorly written, acted, and produced… It’s barely watchable. Sometimes, I wonder if people think black folks will watch anything, no matter how ridiculous. I can’t comment on the integrity of this show because I’ve never seen it.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I think maybe because multiple births due to fertility procedures is the norm.

  • Alwayshonest

    Idk i didnt like the getdown but chewing gum is my shizzit

  • Kayke

    It’s obvious they switch writers numerous times and the shows evolution was stunted. The show sucked. The first episode was like 1.5 hours of scenes dragging on and forced dialogue. The no name cast I’m sure was due to names declining the script. Bad writers.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The post title was meant to be hypothetical. Notice there are no quotation marks around the title?

  • NeverSurprised

    Thanks

  • Floriduhh Evans

    Dang I really liked it but the second half wasn’t as good as the first. Can we at least get a decent conclusion??

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The post title was not to be taken literally.

  • stanley

    Ms Sandra. Stop F*king with me lol…. We did support it.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You should have told all your friends to support it too.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Why is everyone comparing it to 13 Reasons Why and not comparing it to House of Cards or another predominantly white cast? And what’s Netflix’s reasoning for renewing Chewing Gum but not The Get Down? Not everything is about racism. Foolish people. Complaining about a cancellation for a show you never supported ?

  • dontgetblocked

    Sixteen million dollars an episode. That’s ridiculous. I guess I’ll go back and watch the one season. I guess I’m burned out on black only shows. Don’t watch Empire, Tyler Perry’s mess. I like Luke but it doesn’t focus on the black culture but a superhero. Why can’t we move from always having to highlight aspects…usually negative aspects of black culture.

  • dontgetblocked

    Chewing Gum is crazy.

  • dontgetblocked

    The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu is the show to watch right now. Fire!!

  • Torae

    1st season was good the 2nd season was??

  • ZZZ

    It had nothing to do with race. I liked the first season. Bored with the second. I stopped after watching episode 2.

  • ZZZ

    Chewing Gum is hilarious. Can’t wait for 3 season.

  • ZZZ

    Season 1 was good. Season 2 not so much.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Black people NEVER support anything of their own. Unless it’s GHETTO & RATCHET like the L&HH franchise…Smh

  • Li

    The Get Down was the network’s most expensive series at a cost per episode of $16 million
    ^^ This is why it was cancelled.

  • Li

    Empire is really really good. It’s so ridiculous and over the top. If it wasn’t for Terrence and Taraji, I wouldn’t watch, but those two are the best scene stealers of each other.

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    It was boring. That’s why i didn’t continue watching. The storylines and some of the characters just lacked. I thought it was good tween prorgram but I guess the teens didn’t like it. 16 mil per episode seems steep to me.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    The same black people will support non-black shows all day long, but wonder why these shows get cancelled. SMH!

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Exactly! Like Love and Hip Hop, trash, or Empire!

  • Mister Fantastic

    Think about Daredevil, Luke Cage… Hell, any of the Marvel series on Netflix and the effects involved, and THIS SHOW was the most expensive? Hell yeah, shut this ish down.Business, nothing personal…

  • Mister Fantastic

    The 16 million must came from the music licenses. Bad business decisions all around.

  • ALLMINE

    I kno like two people that were dancers in this show.. talented dudes.. black folks please stop being so sensitive.. this shit is getting out of control.. we should be mad that our community is failing. Foh we worried about a show smh

  • ALLMINE

    Did u know that the lead actress writes and produces the entire show? ?

  • V Dubb

    People can have whatever opinions they want. They be upset a show is being cancelled. A lot of people like a lot of shit other people don’t like and vice versa. Have seats

  • RICHIE_RICH

    People we have far more greater issues in our community. I enjoyed the show, but how the hell does the show cost 120 million to make ????????

  • the guest

    The [white] director is a genius filmmaker and cinema photographer but he is lofty and grandiose in his style which is expensive.

    The Get Down story, the history, the lived experience of black/latino youth who breathed life into and birthed hip hop, is the essence of the series and truth be told that would have come across if filmed like a DIY documentary.

    The show didn’t need to be filmed so expensively. It could have been filmed on a iPhone in black and white so as long as the STORY and the HISTORY was told.

    The Get Down story and the way the histories and politics and genres and personal stories and cultures were interwoven was the beautiful truth. It deserves to continue and it can with a DIY indie style director.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Lol

  • sunni_daze

    The first real season was good, the second season with the comic theme intervals made no sense. It was clear they were getting sloppy.

  • Dani B.

    I LIKED The Get Down.

  • JV

    It does look really good, but there’s only so much income I feel comfortable devoting to television. I’m hoping it comes out on DVD so I can get it from the library. Maybe I should just read the book (!)

  • morenYAHdelsur

    What’s up with the attitude that ‘we have bigger issues to worry about in our community’?

    Why is that always a cop out for some? Are we too simple we can’t enjoy entertainment while fighting for black causes? ? That’s silly. Are we supposed to have a panel to discuss what’s important to black people before being opinionated? LOL

  • Nala Shakur

    My sister watches it–she made mention the 2nd part of the series was beginning to be a lil on the illuminati side of the music biz…i’ll pass. They make a lot of illuminati references on Empire its kind of annoying how they throw it in our faces n ppl still wanna be in denial about who n what really rins Hollywood ?

  • Nala Shakur

    Sorry for goin off topic lol

  • Ms. Dawn

    Chewing gum is probably a lot cheaper. Plus it’s not available everywhere so I’m sure that plays a part too. I liked The Get Down sad to see it go.

  • Ms. Dawn

    The production was amazing. Cinematography much like a comic or graphic novel at times. Watch it. It wasn’t one of those shows. Idk what you mean by a lot. There is plenty of quality Black television on for once. Greenleaf, Queen Sugar, Atlanta, Underground, and Insecure, are examples of some. Tyler Perry and Empire is not the end all be all of Black TV.

  • Ms. Dawn

    Leave us outta this. We not mad today. lol

  • classycns

    $16 million an episode? I’m going to need to see a receipt on that, LOL.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    I liked The Get Down, too, but I’ll be honest, I enjoyed 13 Reasons Why a lot better.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Twitter people really need lives. Is says why the show was cancelled. On another note, how is this racist?

  • SDot

    I loved this show…was madd we only got 5 episodes.

  • Smith Jane

    This is so true. I think anytime they greenlight a predominately black cast they purposely give us some of the worst – cheapest – writers available. That, plus horrible actors. It’s either one or the other – bad actors or bad writers – and sometimes both! It’s like they want to give us reasons to not support it so that they can later throw it in our face about lack of support. Who the hell wants to support a chitty show?

  • Branch Davidian

    There’s always re-runs of the White Shadow….

  • Junkanoo

    People are really brainwashed it’s so annoying I wish more people would wake up

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Interesting perspective. I never looked at it from that point of view. Mmm… ?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    If any of those shows are on cable, I’ll never see them. I dont watch enough television to pay for it.

  • Chocolate Bliss

    Lolll

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Because Black Twitter..

  • don juan

    ok

  • The Last Word

    There’s no way this cost $16M per episode to make. Virtually all of the cast were unknowns.

  • The Last Word

    This was Shakespeare compared to Tyler Perry.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Most of Tyler Perry’s shows are pure garbage.

  • Layah Jhene

    I couldnt get past the first episode so…

  • Ant Hill

    i have to keep it real, the show was wack, it could have been done way better.