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New Black Mirror episode leaves viewers wanting to ‘cancel their subscriptions’ in fear they’ll appear on it

Stefania Sarrubba

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New Black Mirror episode leaves viewers wanting to ‘cancel their subscriptions’ in fear they’ll appear on it

Black Mirror is finally back on our screens with an unsettling new batch of episodes. But one in particular is leaving terrified fans making the same joke.

The first episode of season six, titled 'Joan is Awful', had viewers looking over their shoulders about one very common habit they share: never reading the T&Cs when signing up for a membership.

'Joan is Awful' stars Schitt's Creek's Annie Murphy as protagonist Joan, a woman who finds out her entire life is being played out in one of the shows on platform Streamberry, whose logo and interface bear a striking resemblance to those of Netflix.

Annie Murphy in 'Joan is Awful'. Credit: Netflix
Annie Murphy in 'Joan is Awful'. Credit: Netflix
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In the Streamberry series, Joan is played by actor Salma Hayek. Understandably upset, Joan is determined to get to the bottom of this tricky situation, learning that actor playing her is as clueless as she is.

As neither is in control of their image, the two women team up to take the quamputer that's creating the show.

But it's the reason why Joan's life has become the subject of a TV show in the first place that's raising hilarious concerns among fans.

Joan teams up with Salma Hayek to take down the quantum computer. Credit: Netflix
Joan teams up with Salma Hayek to take down the quantum computer. Credit: Netflix
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When she storms into her lawyer's office asking what she can do to contain the damage and reverse this breach of privacy played out for everyone to see, Joan is simply informed that she was the one who agreed to it.

It all boils down to when she first signed up for Streamberry on her phone without reading the terms and conditions... just like most of us would do.

This mundane nightmare has prompted Black Mirror fans to inundate social media with variations of the same joke, with many vowing they'll always read the T&Cs from now on not to end up in a conundrum like Joan.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter
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Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

"Me reading the terms and conditions of Netflix after 'Joan is Awful,'" one person tweeted alongside a clip of Adele reading comments to one of her live streams.

Others, however, resorted to a different method entirely, with one user joking they would cancel all of their streaming subscriptions to be on the safe side.

"Me rushing to cancel all of my streaming subscriptions just in case they make a show about me," they tweeted.

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Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Another person used the now iconic scene of Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya in The White Lotus season 2, shooting her way out on the yacht not to get murdered.

"me taking out everyone in netflix when they make a #JoanIsAwful version of my life," they wrote.

While it's unlikely we'll cancel our streaming subscription soon, we could at least keep Joan in mind the next time we sign up for anything, right?

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Black Mirror season 6 is now streaming on Netflix.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Black Mirror, Netflix, TV and Film

Stefania Sarrubba
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