According to a writer who claims to have worked on Hulu’s aptly named comedy Woke, the series’ staff were not only directed by higher-ups to “only punch down” at white men, but that the show’s original black female showrunner was replaced after refusing to comply with such ‘antiracist’ demands.
These events were recalled in a recent guest-piece written for Bari Weiss’s Substack, Common Sense, titled “Hollywood’s New Rules,” wherein writers Peter Kiefer and Peter Savodnik discussed the “ideological and cultural transformation” that the entertainment industry has undergone in recent years.
At one point in their piece, Kiefer and Savodnik noted how “the politicization of content production, creatives said, was going to be the industry’s death knell,” before presenting Woke as “Exhibit A” in the case of these encroaching woke standards.
“The comedy series, which premiered on Hulu in September 2020, should have been the statement on America right now. It’s about a black cartoonist who is awakened to systemic racism after a run-in with the cops,” said the two. “The show started off on the right foot: the showrunner, Aeysha Carr, and the writers room she oversaw, delivered a strong batch of early scripts, according to several writers on the show.”