Dear streaming platforms,— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) November 14, 2020
Please play the credits. They're part of the movies. You should know this. Your company acquires the rights to movies. Don't you like movies?
People Who Like Movies
If you've ever watched something on a streaming service, you have probably experienced the whiplash that comes when a movie ends and another one starts after a five or ten second grace period, during which you have to press the "cancel" button if you'd like to continue listening to the end credit song or seeing who played that guy. Comedian Mike Birbiglia takes issue with process, saying that the credits being skipped are part of the experience, and should be played through rather than skipped by default. A lot of people agreed, including a few notable names:
Agreed https://t.co/voWQ71plx0— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) November 15, 2020
Even beyond respect for the folks who worked on it, the credits are the cool down coming out of an ending, they’re part of a movie, and this shit with cutting them off or popping a “you might also like” thing up has got to stop. https://t.co/IK8KmiWmXM— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) November 14, 2020
YES!!!— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 14, 2020
This is driving me CRAZY— especially on QUEEN’S GAMBIT (with tiny credits made unreadable when shrunk)! I keep looking for a way to change the setting! We film lovers want the spell just woven to linger, we want to see who did what on the story we’ve just been told!!! https://t.co/tCsXsFJdbk
....and don’t speed them up so fast that no one could ever read them either— Liz Jenkins (@ej11lizzie) November 14, 2020
But there were plenty of responses to his tweet that expressed the view that no one cares about credits, and that while they may be important to actors and creatives, they're just not important to the average viewer.
Birbiglia then proceeded to offer up a suggestion that would solve the issue:
Quick follow up to this tweet: I was just talking to one of my favorite directors Adam Leon who pointed out that the credits on streaming platforms could easily be an “opt-out” instead of an “opt-in.” Anyway, that’s it. For my money that’s the best solution. That’s the tweet. 🎥— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) November 15, 2020
Should streamers play the credits?
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What do you think, ONTD? Should they let the credits play, or are you moving on once the show's over??