Fans of Netflix's "House of Cards" are calling for Frank Underwood's head, after allegations of inappropriate sexual misconduct toward a minor were brought against star Kevin Spacey.
The series started dominating social media on Monday afternoon, after Netflix confirmed it would end after its upcoming sixth season. While Netflix has indicated the decision was unrelated to the scandal, Deadline reports that cast and crew were only told Monday morning, after the allegations and initial response. The streaming service released a joint statement with the show's producers Media Rights Company where they stated they were "deeply troubled" by the news.
Most fans quickly to the same conclusion. Rather than cancel the show, just kill off Spacey's character Frank Underwood so that Robin Wright, who recently rose to the office of President, can rule in relative peace. After all, Season 6 is currently in production so story elements could easily be tweaked, or even changed dramatically. And Wright has given a powerful performance over five seasons thus far, so why not give her the lead?
Following are just a sampling of their responses.
House of Cards Solution: 1. Kill off Frank Underwood 2. Claire steps over the body 3. The show & Claire carry on pic.twitter.com/B9UAjNRrlK
Many others took the opportunity to make a political statement, arguing that it wasn't right that a fictional president was being held to a higher standard than the actual president. These fans cited President Donald Trump's own controversial comments and behavior toward women throughout his time in the public eye, noting that while Harvey Weinstein and Spacey are losing their jobs, Trump is not.
Anthony Rapp ("Star Trek: Discovery") told Buzzfeed in an interview published Sunday that Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance toward him when Rapp was 14-years old. Spacey was 26 at the time.
In his Twitter response, Spacey wrote, "I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior."
He then shifted gears to talk about his personal life. "I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man," he revealed, closing with, "I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."
There was an immediate backlash to his statement, with GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis tweeting, "Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault."