After having moved from YouTube’s wildly unpopular subscription service, the Karate Kid sequel series “Cobra Kai” has become one of the top shows on Netflix. With its appealing mix of improbable drama, frequent martial arts fights, and nostalgia, the series has captured millions of fans in a way that the Will Smith-produced Karate Kid remake certainly did not. Alas, in our modern age, that movie had at least one advantage over the series: Its lead (Will Smith’s son) was not white. Yes, those sirens you hear in the background are coming from the Woke Police.
They’re on the case.
“The key to the series remains its deft interweaving of past and present with the DNA of the original films,” reports Yahoo News. “After bringing back ‘Karate Kid’ villain John Kreese (Martin Kove), who promptly orchestrates a hostile takeover of Johnny’s students, ‘Cobra Kai’ doubles down on the sadistic dojo founder’s Vietnam War backstory in its third season.
“Kreese’s elevation, and the heightened scrutiny that comes with being embraced by one of the most powerful companies in Hollywood, also underscores the fact that there are now three white men at the center of ‘Cobra Kai,’ a franchise rooted in and deeply indebted to Eastern tradition,” the report continues. “Morita, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance in the first film and died in 2005, appears in flashbacks in the series, and both Yuji Okumoto and Tamlyn Tomita reprise their roles — as Daniel’s rival and ex-flame, respectively — from ‘Part II’ in Season 3 guest arcs. Supporting characters of color also saw expanded roles in the new season. But after 30 episodes on two platforms, ‘Cobra Kai’ has yet to cast an Asian lead.”
Now, you may be asking, “So what?” Well, Yahoo reached out to Ana-Christina Ramon, who penned the absolutely-necessary Hollywood Diversity Report. According to her calculations, “Cobra Kai” is not sufficiently diverse.
“Except for the Latino character of Miguel, all the other people of color are outside of that main cast, so it actually doesn’t show as a diverse show in a sense,” she said.
Yahoo then helpfully informs us: “Across the industry, the report found that white characters made up 75.9% of the leads in digital scripted series like ‘Cobra Kai’ in the 2018-2019 season, while 5.9% of leads were Latinx, 4.7% were Black and just 1.8% were Asian.”
Neither Yahoo nor Ramon stepped up to explain exactly what percentage of “Latinx” a show should have before qualifying as a model of diversity, and they did not explain precisely why it mattered one way or the other. As with nearly everything else the Woke Police tell us, we’re simply supposed to accept their premise as fact.
Anyway, we assume that Season 4 of “Cobra Kai” will introduce a black, transgender woman as the series’ next sensei and then everything will be right with the world once again.