Zoë Kravitz Shades Hulu Over Lack of ‘Shows Starring Women of Color’ After ‘High Fidelity’ Is Canceled
Hulu’s rom-com series, High Fidelity, rebooted the 2000 film with Zoë Kravitz taking over as the romantically-challenged record store owner, Rob. Despite its high praise and critical acclaim, the series was canceled by Hulu after one season. Kravitz isn’t thrilled about the streamer’s decision, and in a recent Instagram retort, she shaded Hulu for its lack of diversity.
Hulu cancels ‘High Fidelity’
As the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, High Fidelity premiered on Feb. 14, 2020. Inspired by the 2000 movie, in which John Cusack plays lonely music store owner Rob Gordon, the series takes a fresh approach by introducing Kravitz as its female lead.
The Hulu cast includes Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Rob’s employee and friend, Cherise, and David H. Holmes as her gay ex-boyfriend-turned-best friend, Simon. The three work at Rob’s record store, Championship Vinyl, and navigate life as singles in New York City.
In August 2020, Hulu canceled High Fidelity after just one season. The streamer did not reveal the reason behind their decision, but it may have had to do with timing. The series premiered just weeks before the COVID-19 shutdown began. And as audiences grew more focused on the news, the show may not have earned the viewership it would have otherwise.
Kravitz slams Hulu for lack of diversity
After getting the cancellation news, Kravitz took to Instagram to share a picture of her co-stars and to thank them, as well as the fans, for their love.
“I wanna give a shout out to my #highfidelity family,” Kravitz captioned the 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.”
In the comments, Westworld star Tessa Thompson shared her disappointment in the show’s cancellation. “I will miss you alllllllllllll so much,” she wrote.
But in her response to Thompson, Kravitz shaded Hulu by pointing out its lack of diversity. “@tessamaethompson it’s cool,” Kravitz replied. “At least Hulu has a ton of other shows starring women of color we can watch. Oh wait.”
Other celebrities share their disappointment over the cancellation of ‘High Fidelity’
But Thompson wasn’t the only celebrity fan to reply to the High Fidelity star’s post. Hollywood celebs like Halle Berry, Katie Holmes, Quest Love, and Kravitz’s stepdad, Jason Mamoa all shared their disappointment over the cancellation of in the comments section.
“NOOOOOOO!!!,” actor Lena Waithe commented. “I rarely find shows that genuinely impress me. This one did. I told you how much I loved this show. And I still do. This one definitely deserved another season.”
Kravitz’s Big Little Lies co-star, Reese Witherspoon — who stars in the Hulu drama, Little Fires Everywhere opposite Kerry Washington — also shared her disappointment. “I’m so sad,” she wrote. “I loved this show!!”
Fans are hoping that some other network or streamer swoops in to pick High Fidelity up for another season. But as of now, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. However, if enough fans and celebrities make a fuss, Hulu may just have to reconsider their decision.