PHOTO: Plus-size model Jessica Vander Leahy (pictured) is reportedly set to appear on the upcoming Netflix reality series Byron Baes
- Netflix announced the next Australian Netflix Original would be ‘Byron Baes’
- Locals slammed the plans to film the series at the popular NSW tourist town
- Others claim Byron Shire is already ‘too far gone’ so show should be made
- Byron is home to famous faces like Chris Hemsworth and Instagram influencers
Thousands of Byron Bay locals are voicing their disgust over a ‘tacky and trashy’ reality TV show they fear will cause further problems in the mega-famous tourist town – but not everyone is concerned.
A petition to boycott the docu-soap series ‘Byron Baes’ is gaining traction after Netflix announced the town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales would be the ‘perfect setting for our next Australian Netflix Original’.
The campaign to force authorities to cancel filming permits reached 4,000 signatures in three days, and some local businesses have already refused producers permission to film at their venues.
But a growing chorus of residents claim the coastal town was ruined long before TV producers came knocking thanks to its growing popularity amongst celebrities, Instagram influencers seeking the perfect shot, and sky-high real estate prices.
One fed-up woman who grew up in the Byron Shire responded to the outrage on Facebook by saying it didn’t matter to her if the show went ahead, as the region she once knew and loved had already slipped away.
‘F*** it, let them make the dumb Netflix show,’ she said.
‘The place is already too far gone and the conversation of ”Byron used to be better” has been going on since before I was born.’
Byron Baes was last week announced as the new Australian Netflix Original and will run for eight episodes in total
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