High Fidelity star Zoe Kravitz criticizes Hulu for its lack of diversity. While the slate of original programming at Hulu has some definite bright spots in terms of inclusion, the cancellation of High Fidelity has led to a new round of discussion about the progress which still has to be made.
A romantic comedy with a sharp edge, High Fidelity was based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. The novel had been previously adapted into a movie, starring John Cusack, which was released in 2000. In the reimagined series, told from a woman’s perspective, Kravitz played a record store owner with the tendency to revisit past relationships in an effort to get over her worst breakup. There was a plan High Fidelity season 2, which would have included introducing new love interests for Kravitz’s character and adding more depth to the supporting cast, but Hulu ultimately made the surprising decision to cancel High Fidelity despite its positive buzz and widespread critical acclaim. Kravitz initially reacted to the news by thanking the cast and crew in a social media post, which concluded with the hashtag “#breakupssuck.” The actress has since revealed more of her thoughts on the situation.
Responding to a comment on Instagram by actress Tessa Thompson, in which the Thor: Ragranok star expressed her sadness over the cancellation of High Fidelity, Kravitz responded with a bit of pointed sarcasm. “It’s cool,” Kravitz’s reply began. “At least Hulu has a ton of other shows starring women of color we can watch. Oh wait.” The cancellation of High Fidelity was met with disappointment from several notable Hollywood names, including Taika Waititi, Lena Waithe, and Halle Berry. You can see Kravitz’s Instagram post, below:
Hulu’s original shows have generally featured strong examples of diversity and inclusion. Ramy, which has been renewed for season 3, focuses on a Muslim family living in New Jersey. Uzo Aduba was recently one of the leads in the limited series Mrs. America where she portrays the role of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black candidate to run for the U.S. presidency from a major political party. Kerry Washington also recently headlined Little Fires Everywhere, alongside Reese Witherspoon, and the adaptation explored issues of race and class with depth. Still, Kravitz’s overall point is well taken: When it comes to instances of diversity, there should be more than just a handful of examples.
Traditional television networks and streaming platforms are always facing the decision of which shows to cancel. Streamers are notably different in one aspect, however, which is that they don’t regularly release viewership numbers. Without this crucial bit of information, fans of High Fidelity are left to guess why the series was axed after such a short run. It’s particularly surprising, given that the show was greeted so positively and Kravitz’s star is undoubtedly on the rise. The actress is coming off her lead role in HBO’s Big Little Lies, in addition to playing Catwoman in The Batman. Hulu may regret not offering another season to High Fidelity, but there’s always the possibility that it will be revived elsewhere.
Source: Zoe Kravitz / Instagram