Netflix Axes “Woke” Projects Amid Lost Subscribers and Layoffs

Streaming giant Netflix took aim at “woke” titles in production as it canceled several projects and laid off workers this week. Almost 2% of its U.S. staff are out of work after the company shed 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter.

That customer loss is the first for Netflix in over a decade, and forecasts are for many times more subscriber losses in the near future. The roughly 150 employees let go this week are in addition to at least 25 cuts from marketing in recent weeks.

Shares are down over 70% since January.

One notable victim is a series made for preschoolers titled “Antiracist Baby.” This is the brainchild of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, better known as an anti-racist scholar, author of “How To Be An Antiracist,” and crusader for critical race theory.

“Antiracist Baby” was to be based on Kendi’s children’s book with the same name. It was to feature animated shorts done to music for preschoolers and focus on examining racism.

Also in the scrap heap is “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You.” This documentary was to be tied to other Kendi works that are controversially being used for anti-racism and equity programs around the country. Their firm basis in critical race theory spawned backlash from many parents.

The Boston University professor is an admitted anti-capitalist whose core ideals are tied to the U.S. being a racist country. He declares “when I see racial disparities, I see racism.” He specifically argues the only way to address past racism “is present racism.”

This is not the ideological bedrock Netflix needed to base programming aimed at preschool children on.

The streamer also recently pulled the plug on “Pearl,” an animated series from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Archwell Productions.

Billionaire Elon Musk commented last month that “the woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable.” The outspoken entrepreneur reversed course in recent days by praising the company for taking a stand against woke staff, admonishing them to quit if they are offended by diverse content.

The streaming giant’s stand for creative license and against snowflakes offended by a stand-up comedian is commendable. Avoiding indoctrination projects aimed at preschoolers — for whatever reason — is also a good step.