Laid-off HBO Max Execs Confirm Warner Bros. Is Ditching Wokeness and Embracing 'Middle America'

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All the clues have pointed toward Warner Bros. stepping away from the leftist infection that has plagued it and so many other corporations and studios for some time. Thanks to some angry former HBO Max executives, we’ve got confirmation that the house of Bugs Bunny is pushing away the disease that has destroyed a laundry list of franchises.


(READ: Between the Firing of Brian Stelter and the Cancelation of Batgirl, Warner Bros. Is Seemingly Ditching Leftism)

According to Deadline, 14 percent of the staff was laid off on WB’s streaming service, HBO Max. Those laid off include a lot of VPs:

Overall, 14% of staff — about 70 people — are being laid off Monday, the vast majority of them on the Max side. That includes in Max Non-Fiction Originals, International, Acquisitions, Casting and previously reported Live-Action Family Originals, which are all being either scaled back significantly or essentially eliminated, leading to the departure of the bulk of the the staffs, led by Jennifer O’Connell EVP, Non-Fiction & Live-Action Family Originals for HBO Max; Jennifer Kim, SVP, International Originals for HBO Max; Michael Quigley, EVP of Content Acquisitions at HBO Max; and Linda Lowy, EVP Casting for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, TNT, TBS and truTV.

Some of these people who were laid off were pretty loyal to radical leftism and woke culture, and naturally, the firings are being painted with racist intent.

The Daily Beast interviewed some of these former HBO Max execs and some were more than happy to say that now the staff at the streaming service is whiter than ever:


The layoffs have “amplified the lack of diversity at HBO,” another former executive told The Daily Beast. “HBO is the most homogenous part of this umbrella. Instead of trying to figure out how to integrate some of the [Max] executives into HBO, they just made this sweeping cut of three divisions: kids, family, and international. A lot of Black and brown people lost their jobs.”

However, one former exec gave the game away when they snidely derided the new direction as being one that doesn’t want to divide people based on politics and, instead, embraces middle America:

One former exec describes Discovery+ as a “more general audience platform that doesn’t have the specificity that HBO Max was tailored to. I think Discovery is just a very ‘all’ audience, [they] don’t wanna make things that are political, topical, alienate Middle America—more Chip and Joanna,” they said, referring to the home renovation show Fixer Upper: Welcome Home hosted by Chip and Joanna Gaines.

“If David Zaslav had his wish, he would just program Chip and Joanna all day long,” the executive said. “There was just a massive, ‘We don’t need you. You’re not offering the things we’re focused on.’”

Oh no! Warner Bros. is stepping away from divisive politics and embracing content that pleases general audiences instead of pushing a message that only a very small group of people actually cares about. Better get the torches and pitchforks.


There’s a simple principle that has been proven true time and time again, and with few exceptions: Get woke, go broke.

Audiences have been abandoning various offerings from studios who’ve watched billions of dollars flushed down the toilet because the product was just a delivery system for a leftist political message. As we speak, major corporations are losing viewers and subscribers thanks to overtly leftist content that not only appeals to few but actively insults everyone else.

A perfect example is CNN, a news network that had fallen so far to the left that it consistently brought up the rear in terms of ratings. Even CNN alums would denounce it, and Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav referred to it as an “advocacy network.”

If it’s touched by wokeness, it begins to bleed viewers. The Olympics, the NFL, Hollywood award shows, and more have all embraced leftism and have subsequently chased off viewers by the millions, costing huge sums of cash in the meantime. Movies and shows that feature social justice themes continue to fall short of expectations.

Warner Bros. is one of the first corporations to truly see the damage embracing leftism has done and has begun to take drastic measures to correct course. It’s cleaning house at HBO Max, it scrapped the already completed $70 million Batgirl movie, it’s purging CNN, and who knows what else will come down the line?


The point is, Warner Bros. learned who their clientele actually is and who has the money that can keep them successful. It’s definitely not the woke activists who won’t be satisfied no matter how much they’re groveled to, nor will they be the ones spending money on their programming and merch.

If Warner Bros. manages to turn it all around, then who knows who else will follow suit?


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