Thousands of people have signed a petition for a boycott of the Netflix reality show in Byron Bay, Australia’s beach town.
Anger erupted in the community over a planned influencer-led series entitled Byron Base.
A petition calling for a ban on photography claims that the town will be used as the “punching line” for the show.
Some companies have refused to attend the show, local media reports.
The picturesque town on the north coast of New South Wales is known for its surf beaches and relaxed lifestyle.Has been attracting attention in influencer culture in the past year Become a mecca for visiting Hollywood stars..
Netflix, which announced plans for the series last month, said: “It’s a widely accepted truth that influencers with a lot of followers must want a beach background.
“And it’s not as good as Byron Bay, the perfect setting for the next Australian Netflix original, to the influencers.”
“Documentary” will follow “hot Instagrammers living the best life”, he said.
The plan was filled with frustration.
“It’s a multinational company trying to abuse the name of the town when the community doesn’t want it, and they just think they can come in and use us as a commodity,” said a local musician. Ben Gordon, owner of Cafe Byron Bay General Store, told The Sydney Morning Herald..
Locals are dissatisfied with the perception of Byron Bay, which is growing in some parts of the media.
They claim that an unrealistic view of the town has emerged through social media. This is a glossy depiction that does not reflect the lives of most locals. They point out the various social and environmental challenges facing Byron Bay, and many want to eliminate Netflix.
Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson told Australian Broadcasting Corporation The show was “unpleasant” for the community.
“We almost have a Truman show-type depiction of who we are, all very idyllic and superficial, with an empty car park behind,” he said. Said.
According to the report, “We have a community that is really stressed. We have a community that has real problems dealing with housing, work and affordability.”
Boycott petitionCall on local governments to deny all production and photography permits required for the proposed series, signed by more than 6,000 people.
“We are a community experiencing significant challenges posed by influencer culture and rapidly changing demographics of the population. We hope to be cast as the perfect background and attraction for social media influencers. I don’t want to appear in “Byron Baes”. “The petition said.
“Rather than using our area as the punchline for the reality show we want … Authorities have affordable housing, coastal erosion, increased unemployment, traffic management challenges, high school completion. Focus on helping our community to deal with low rates, high levels of systematic problems of gender and domestic violence. “