Yesterday, I came across a reel when scrolling on Instagram – precisely a content analysis of my comfort show F.R.I.E.N.D.S.. It went on to call the show ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ based on some scenes that only slightly hinted on that. The ‘woke’ community had discovered my favourite show and now made it their mission to destroy it!
‘Woke culture’ has taken onto internet like wildfire after the George Floyd incident in 2020. The incident had also initiated the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement. Woke culture existed even before that, but the Floyd situation just poured kerosene on the culture at large. Hollywood was impacted by the woke revolution as well.
The aim of the woke revolution is to fight against ethnic, sexual and gender discrimination and to impose new rules. They label those who oppose this ideology as ‘racists’ or ‘sexists’, and ‘cancel’ them, which is basically social elimination and shaming on social networks.
The ‘woke’ community never fails to find a new thing to ‘cancel’ every day. Without making my bias for the show any kind of a factor here, I believe that Hollywood has been ruined by the woke culture. The need to be politically correct is threatening the future of the entertainment industry.
The woke revolution gives space to the critical mind to suppress creativity. You can only create in the atmosphere of freedom, where you are not having to check everything you say critically before you move on.
Creativity is about taking risks and our comedians cannot do that when they think of something and have to consider things like, ‘Can I get away with it? I don’t think so. So and so got into trouble, and he said that, oh, she said that’. It’s just no longer possible to be funny anymore and that is the death of creativity!
As Christian Toto said,
“It’s the same way the culture went woke and lost its soul. There are a lot of comedians who are just free thinkers who are engaging in the culture and making very funny content that addresses the issues in play. So, there is a movement here that we need to encourage, if only just for free speech.”