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’OA’ superfan starts second week of hunger strike after show’s cancellation


A big fan of "The OA" is so depressed by the series' cancellation that she's in the second week of a hunger strike. (Netflix)

A superfan hungering for more episodes of “The OA” is starving herself.

Unemployed writer Emperial Young has started Week 2 of a hunger strike after Netflix canceled the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama series earlier this month.

She commenced the fast Aug. 16, reported IndieWire, and appears unlikely to stop anytime soon.

“I’ll go as long as I have to,” said Young. “(Mahatma) Gandhi did a lot of fasts, the longest he did was 21 days. . . . I’m going to see how far I can go.”

The 35-year-old woman pickets in front of the streaming company’s Los Angeles offices from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, reported ET Canada.

The “OA” fan says she’s drawn to the show’s sincerity and philosophy as well as its fascinating characters.

“It deals with so many important issues: trauma and grief and mental health,” said Young. “It’s also this relentlessly creative, amazing experience, and the storytelling is just incredible.”

When show co-creator and star Brit Marling learned of the crusade, she and showrunner-writer Zal Batmanglij drove by the Netflix building and offered Young food and a bottle of water.

“As we were leaving, she said, ‘You know, what I’m really protesting is late capitalism,’” wrote Marling on a recent Twitter post. “And then she said something that I haven’t been able to forget since: ‘Algorithms aren’t as smart as we are. They cannot account for love.’ Her words. Not mine. And the story keeps going inside them."

Marling, 37, the star of “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice,” thanked “OA” fans for creating phenomenal essays, artwork and choreography out of love for the series that lasted only 16 episodes.

“Your words and images move us deeply,” Marling wrote on Instagram.

Brandon Perea, who played Alfonso Sosa on “The OA,” happened to be passing by when he noticed Young’s protest and shared it on his Twitter account.

Despite the review raves and a second-season rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, “The OA,” never received an Emmy Award, which many fans believe doomed the series to cancellation.