Streaming giant Netflix is finding it difficult to keep so many series afloat. Recently, due to the receding number of subscribers, the platform took some extreme decisions including the sacking of employees. Another consequence is that it is pulling plugs on many shows and animated series.
Recently, Netflix shelved Meghan Markle’s feminist animated series, Pearl. Along with this, the multi-genre streaming platform has canceled Ava DuVernay’s Wings of Fire and a film titled With Kind Regards From Kindergarten. Another series that made it to the list was Ibrahim X. Kendi’s, Antiracist Baby, a political musical for preschoolers.
Netflix Has Also Annulled Ibrahim’s Other Project
Two men, Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph gave birth to a million-dollar idea of renting DVDs via mail. This is how Netflix was born in 1997. The idea flourished into a mammoth industry of ‘one-stop-shop’ for cinema and shows. In 2007, it started its streaming services and had more than 5 million subscribers. Netflix, like other streaming platforms, soared further due to the pandemic as people were confined to four walls.
However, the platform recently announced its quarterly earnings report, and the reports were alarming. The growing inflation, post-pandemic effects, and the Russia-Ukraine war have led to a dip in the subscribers by as much as 200,000. The consequence of these dwindling subscribers has led to the nullification of many projects including those in the pipeline.
This includes Kendi’s political musical Antiracist Baby. Ibrahim is a professor at Boston University, who has been a staunch critic of white supremacists and advocate for anti-racism. He has many books to his credit including How To Be An Antiracist which created a storm in the wake of nationwide protests due to the unfortunate death of George Floyd.
The series is based on animated frames with music discussing racism with young children. This is not the only project of Ibrahim’s that has been shelved. According to Variety, Netflix has called off Kendi’s Stamped: Racism, Anti Racism, and You. The project is in its post-production, described as a “hybrid documentary and scripted feature that delves into the race in the United States.”