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Did some headlines about Taylor Swift bring Donald Glover's animated Deadpool series to a screeching halt? According to Stephen Glover, Donald's brother and creative partner, the answer is yes. On Wednesday, Donald released a script Deadpool about why he and his brother, who would have been his co-show runner, parted ways with Marvel about the series. One of the reasons Donald wrote was a Swift-themed episode that might have pushed the envelope too far. On Thursday, Stephen acknowledged that there was Deadpool episode about the reputation singer, whom he believes could have sealed the show's fate.
"There was really a Taylor Swift episode," Stephen wrote in a now-deleted tweet, as reported by the Wrap. "It was funny and it was definitely the last straw lol."
What was it about in the episode? Was there a single punch line that could have knocked exhausted Marvel executives over the edge, causing them to decide to stop the show? (The first statement about separating the Glover brothers from the series made the decision sound like a joint agreement – but Donald's script seemed to argue that he and Stephen were pushed out.)
True Donald Glover fans know that Emmy winner is not I'm scared to meet celebrities with sharp social comments – take for example the Justin Bieber -spirited episode of Atlanta, for example. Whatever the Swift stuff was, it could only be enough that Marvel erred on the side of caution. Or maybe all of them with cancellation power are just a huge swiftie. The world may never know.
Unfortunately, Stephen did not elaborate on the contents of the Forbidden Episode. But he sent a second tweet about the demise of the show, in which Donald's mockery addressed another concern: "Our show was not too black, it was not that black at all, but we wanted Rick and Morty on each Give Case a Chance and I Think We Did It, Proud of the Gang. "
In the script, Donald used the voice of Deadpool to ponder whether he and his Marvel brother were thrown out for racism. "All authors were black," says Deadpool. "And the references were pretty black too. I heard they went over the lunch budget to order Jamaican food at least once a week … maybe we alienated our white audience?"
Whatever the reason, Marvel and FX have retained their mother and maintained their original shared statement about the Glover's departure: "Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part with Marvel's Deadpool animated series. FX will no longer be involved in the project. "
In the meantime, there is still Atlanta which could always make a Taylor Swift episode.