After an incredible success with Avatar: The Last Airbender, Netflix has officially brought The Legend of Korra to its streaming platform. However, while Avatar is almost infallible in the eyes of fans, The Legend of Korra is much more polarizing. Those who aren’t appreciative of Korra tend to denigrate it by comparing it to Avatar — and it seems Netflix has had enough of the comparisons. The streaming platform took to Twitter to tell fans to give it a rest.
The Legend of Korra has a troubled past
Avatar: The Last Airbender may be one of the most universally beloved shows currently available on Netflix. The Nickelodeon classic has won the hearts of many diehard fans with its sense of adventure and careful handling of mature topics.
Unfortunately, fans aren’t all on the same page when it comes to The Legend of Korra. The follow-up to Avatar: The Last Airbender takes place in the future, 70 years later. However, critics of the show found a variety of gripes to harp at, ranging from atmosphere and writing to the main character herself.
“Nickelodeon was reluctant to produce this animated series at first … the production was suspended just because its protagonist was a girl,” said Yoo Jae Myung, the head of the show’s Korean animation studio said in a 2013 interview with The INNERview.
Korra and Aang are very dissimilar characters. Aang is carefree and goofy, and Korra is headstrong and ready to pick a fight. Korra received a lot of criticism for its eponymous protagonist, but many viewers were left wondering how much of this was because the show starred a female lead.
Other viewers felt that the show failed to address colonialism and orientalism in the same ways that Avatar did, perhaps even managing to undermine the hard work that went into making Avatar a culturally accessible and respectful show.
Eventually, Nickelodeon was so on the fence about The Legend of Korra that the show was pulled from television before its final season — instead, the show aired online.
Netflix tells The Legend of Korra haters to relax
To this day, The Legend of Korra often receives hate, especially when compared directly to Avatar: The Last Airbender. However, some fans feel that this oft-made comparison is unwarranted, and that the two stand on their own legs, separately.
It seems Netflix agrees. The streaming giant took to Twitter to tell Korra haters to back off.
“Korra’s story was important, Aang’s story had been told,” tweeted the streaming platform, with clapping hand emojis separating the words. Many fans seemed to back up the tweet.
One user replied, “Say it louder for the people in the back.”
“I loved both, I can’t understand why people didn’t like Korra. I mean opinions for sure but to fully dislike it?” wrote another. However, there were replies pushing home the opinion that the show is just bad.
Netflix previously weighed in on character relationships
This isn’t Netflix’s first big take on the Avatar franchise via Twitter. In fact, the streaming platform weighed in on who Suyin’s father was in a recent tweet.
In July, Netflix tweeted, “[I]t’s fine we also secretly ship zukka and tokka on this account so.” For those unaware, Zukka means Zuko and Sokka, and Tokka means Toph and Sokka.
“[P]eople who think suyin just appeared out of thin air [clown emoji] (it’s unconfirmed but still),” they added.