After the cancellation of High Fidelity by Hulu, of which the cast was notified on Wednesday, folks were surprised.
For one, the first (and now only) season of the show was acclaimed by critics and fans alike. For another, the incredibly diverse cast and voice of the show were very unique on Hulu-something that cast member Zoe Kravitz made sure to note in a parting Instagram post.
In a comment exchange with Tessa Thompson, Kravitz sarcastically noted the lack of Hulu content which contained women of color in leading roles.
Zoe Kravitz criticize Hulu on the lack of shows starring women of color amidst High Fidelity's cancellation https://t.co/YyYjAegH5k— Zoë Kravitz Daily (@Zoë Kravitz Daily)1596849150.0
"At least hulu has a ton of other shows starring women of color we can watch. oh wait."
Zoë Kravitz: Calls out Hulu for lack of diversity. Brie Larson hater in their basement: They canceled your show c… https://t.co/rqFtdBrVLF— Ricky Valero (@Ricky Valero)1596915346.0
I was so skeptical about a new "High Fidelity" and ended up liking it so much by the end — mostly because it was gr… https://t.co/zzOZdJsTGy— Caroline Darya Framke (@Caroline Darya Framke)1596680403.0
zoë kravitz as rob in high fidelity aprecciation post because she is beautiful and too powerful for hulu https://t.co/KLeYWpunR9— romi (@romi)1596687151.0
miss zoe kravitz is not playing around she’s coming to end hulu’s career https://t.co/EtVg0rdgug— haley (@haley)1596856566.0
zoë kravitz as rob brooks in high fidelity appreciation tweet because hulu didn't appreciate her enough https://t.co/rhg19u45lQ— 𝒆 ミ☆ (@𝒆 ミ☆)1596748987.0
High Fidelity has seen a few incarnations in the past 30 years—first as a 1995 novel by Nick Hornby, then as a 2000 film starring John Cusack as Rob and ironically, Zoe Kravitz's mother, Lisa Bonet.
This version of the story starred Kravitz as Rob (short for Robyn this time) our unlucky-in-love protagonist who has struggled with tons of failed relationships in her lifetime.
wait hulu really cancelled high fidelity???? zoe kravitz -starred high fidelity?????? things arent looking good for… https://t.co/rQgUmk4XtX— d.¹⁴ ミ☆ (@d.¹⁴ ミ☆)1596684033.0
@PopCrave As she should, black women in the entertainment industry are treated so unfairly— A (@A)1596995631.0
@PopCrave I feel her, but the show was lame. Maybe next season, Zoe? 🤧 https://t.co/LB76d6hZ1L— ôH мiɳℓℯ△uxó.™ (@ôH мiɳℓℯ△uxó.™)1597021801.0
@PopCrave omg drag them— toby; (@toby;)1596995640.0
@PopCrave omg a queen— BLM | FOLKLORE + JAGUAR OUT NOW (@BLM | FOLKLORE + JAGUAR OUT NOW)1597000205.0
Kravitz once before noted the much-needed diversity of the show in other ways, vis a vis "The Big Ticket" podcast from Variety and iHeartRadio:
"The amount of comments, DMs, things on Twitter, articles written about Brown women who love music, were afraid of commitment, who've never seen a person like them on television — they feel seen for the first time."
"I have a friend who—one of his best friends loves punk music and is gay—it's like, 'Oh my God, I can't believe I'm watching a gay man in a Minor Threat shirt."
"I've never seen that before.' Just breaking away from the stereotypes, I feel like people need that. So I feel very lucky to have been able to deliver that, because one of the most important things for me was authenticity and bringing a real world to life."
"I've lived in New York for a long time, and in a lot of ways this was a love letter to New York with all its messiness and diversity."
In memoriam of High Fidelity 2020-2020 https://t.co/sNqghMtEjS— Zoë Kravitz Daily (@Zoë Kravitz Daily)1596680436.0
I can't believe Hulu decided to cancel a show as a great as #HighFidelity after one season. Didn't even give it a c… https://t.co/bcls4fz52S— Ashley Carter (@Ashley Carter)1596680515.0
Hollywood: we are committed to diversity in programming, especially queer Black woman led shows Also Hollywood:… https://t.co/8X4QBX4ERM— Rhea "Defund Police" Butcher (@Rhea "Defund Police" Butcher)1596686020.0
The cancelation of the show certainly puts Hulu's other programming under the spotlight, as audiences will undoubtedly be looking for shows that check all the boxes of representation the way that High Fidelity did—as well as tell a rich and fulfilling story with those characters and their identities.
Only time and accountability will tell if they succeed.