According to Seventeen, a tweet popped up on the show's feed Monday that had a meme of Alison DiLaurentis, in which she asks her father "He's alive and he's coming for us, isn't he?" While the tweet appeared to be just a clue for what's to come next season, fans didn't take it that way when they read the caption, which said, "He. She. It. Charlotte. #PrettyLittleLiars."
The problem with that is it was revealed in the season-six summer finale that 'A' is Charlotte Dilaurentis – a transgender woman going by the name of Charlotte who changed her name to CeCe Drake when she met the Liars.
She is also Alison's older sister, so the meme made it looks like Alison was referring to Charlotte with that quote. And fans were beyond heated about it.
@ABCFpll if you're referring to Charlotte as an "it" you're about to get some death threats from me— ️pastry terrorist (@eddiexcx) August 24, 2015
.@ABCFpll did you ever think about your trans viewers, who've spent years consuming your show? and this is how you repay them? good riddance— big gay hate machine (@dykebutt) August 24, 2015
So far, ABC Family hasn't commented on the meme or the controversy it sparked, but they did delete the tweet.
.@abcfpll An apology is owed NOW. A promise to educate your social media staff and a big FAT donation to a trans group should follow.— Liz (@gatecrewgirl) August 24, 2015