Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Zoë Kravitz Calls Out Hulu for Lack of Diversity After Her ‘High Fidelity’ Series Gets Cancelled

Zoe Kravitz  HIGH FIDELITY
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*Zoë Kravitz is calling out Hulu for lack of diversity after the streaming platform cancelled her series, “High Fidelity.”

The actress shared an Instagram post in which she thanked the cast, crew and viewers alongside a slideshow of photos from the series, writing sarcastically, “At least Hulu has a ton of other shows starring women of color we can watch. Oh wait.”

Hulu canceled “High Fidelity” after just one season.

As noted by wired.com, when it premiered, Jillian Mapes wrote a piece for Pitchfork declaring, “We Didn’t Need the High Fidelity TV Show.” 

Why spend all this time, money, and energy updating and changing the gender on source material that, in hindsight, is pretty dodgy about women?” Maps wrote. “Is High Fidelity really so beloved (or its brand name so powerful) that they couldn’t have started from scratch on a series about music obsessives who aren’t exclusively straight white men?”

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Meanwhile, several celebrities also spoke out about the show’s cancellation in the comments section of Kravitz’s post, per PEOPLE.

“I rarely find shows that genuinely impress me. This one did,” Lena Waithe wrote. “I told you how much I loved this show. And I still do. This one definitely deserved another season.”

Questlove stated, “WHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTT!!!?????????!!!!!!!!!!!??? Why do I always find out about tragic s— this way?!” while musician Moses Sumney said, “Y’all wrote the hell out of it. I’m sad to not discover what happens next! But grateful for all the melancholic joy it gave.”

Kravitz, who also executive produced the series, wrote, “I wanna give a shout out to my #highfidelity family,” in her Instagram post. “Thank you for all the love and heart you put into this show. i’m in awe of all of you. and thank you to everyone who watched, loved and supported us.”

Kravitz’s mother, Lisa Bonet, appeared in the movie version of “High Fidelity” which starred John Cusack

The original film centered on the mid-life’ crisis of Rob, a thirty-something record-store owner who must face the undeniable facts – he’s growing up, per IMDB.

In Zoe’s reimaging, she plays a fan of music, pop culture and Top Five lists who runs a local record store in her hometown and has a thing for mostly white boys. 

“I’ve always been a fan of the book and the film regardless of the fact that she was in it,” Kravitz told E! News earlier this year. “But I think it’s a cool thing that she was a part of it. And it feels like a very cool, serendipitous, full-circle situation for sure.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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