Charlie’s Angels, Elizabeth Banks, and the Righteous Stupidity of Woke Cinema

Hollywood hasn’t learned that “going woke” really does mean “going broke”.

Joe Garza
7 min readNov 21, 2019

The Beast of Creative Poverty rears its wretched head again as audiences are punished with yet another reboot of a reboot, this time in the form of Charlie’s Angels.

But not only is the film more evidence of the lack of artistic ingenuity in Hollywood; this film cares less about entertaining as wide an audience as possible, and more about forcing a simplistic woke message on the few people who watch it, waving its feminist freak flag a little too vigorously to compensate for mediocrity.

Let me begin by stating that there’s nothing inherently wrong with being a feminist or with feminism or progressive politics in general. But its relation to “wokeness” — the trend of obsessing over Social Justice and viewing everything through the lens of identity politics — is undeniable.

For the blissfully uninitiated, “wokeness” is a fad that’s championed by countless folks in academia, legislation, the media, the tech sector, and the entertainment industry, which means that much of the content we consume and interact with has been infected, to some extent, with a doctrine that celebrates victimhood as virtue and the collective as…