“Funny that an article attacking the show for retroactively editing a scene (based on a false rumor about TikTok) now has to retroactively edit their article. Oops,” reads a post on Weird things The book’s Twitter account this morning.
The article in question is this from the British GQ Titled ‘Editing Netflix Retroactively’ Weird things is the beginning of a serious television trend.” Except for the show’s writers, the old episodes were never re-read.
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previous tweet from Weird things The Brain Trust featured GIFs from the show with the pledge, “PSA: No scenes from previous seasons have been cut or re-edited. And they never will be.”
PSA: No scenes from previous seasons were cut or re-edited. And they never will be. pic.twitter.com/H0j8JwidLs
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The GQ article was based on an internet rumor that the show makers had gone back and re-corrected a scene in Season 1 where Jonathan portrayed Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) without her knowledge. Fans believed that part of the scene shows him continuing to take photos where Nancy’s clothes were retroactively cut, removing the aforementioned hateful behavior. However, it turns out that there was never such a moment in the scene, it was never retold.
GQ corrected her article today with “Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the first season episode of Weird things Edited retroactively to remove a shot of Jonathan photographing Nancy while she was altered.”
– British GQ (BritishGQ) 27 July 2022
So what might have been a hot spot on a hot issue — Hollywood sanitizing a creative producer retrospectively — is now no longer very exciting for The Duffer Brothers to return to alter the birthday of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) the previous season. “Dangerous TV trend” indeed. And judging by the writers’ tweet, that modest assertion about a change in one character’s birthday may not be true either.
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