HANNIBAL is back.
The NBC hit’s season four finale was one of the biggest ratings upsets in cable history, and a major milestone in the history of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
The finale aired at 10 p.m.
ET on May 31, just a week after a special event at the White House marked the beginning of the first term of President Donald Trump, which was officially the second presidential term of Trump.
The episode also had a lot of buzz, drawing in over three million viewers, according to Nielsen.
But it also got some criticism.
The show was a lot less “serious” than some of its other predecessors, and its portrayal of race, poverty and racism in America had gotten plenty of attention.
“Hannibal” was, by all accounts, one of HBO’s top hits during its second season, earning six Emmys and two Golden Globes.
The series has had its fair share of controversy, too.
Critics have pointed out the show’s heavy use of black people as characters and its depiction of racism in American culture.
Critics of the show have also criticized its heavy use (and, in some cases, outright mockery) of the LGBTQ community.
As one of those critics pointed out in a video posted to YouTube in November 2018, “HBO’s Hannibal is a TV show about how to be a black man in America.
The very concept of Hannibal is racist.”
And this year, some critics have taken issue with a particular episode, “The Silence,” in which a black character is played by an actor who was born in Ethiopia.
(Hannibals first name is pronounced “he-shee,” meaning “the-h.”)
“HANNIBALS” has had plenty of controversies in the past, too, but the backlash this year is unprecedented.
In fact, HBO has faced a barrage of criticism over a series called “Harrow County” in which one of its characters is named “Molly.”
The show’s star, Tracee Ellis Ross, has repeatedly spoken out about her experiences on the show, and said that she would “never” do it again.
She has since issued a statement in response to the backlash: “I’ve learned that it’s impossible to be open to criticism and that I am a strong woman who believes in equality and inclusion for all.”
This has prompted a number of people to make their own accusations against the show.
One of those accusations was from “The New York Times” columnist Matt Taibbi, who said that “Hollywood is the most powerful force in the world.
That power is not only on television but is also in the movies and in the books and in pop culture.
And that power can be used to silence those who challenge its rules and ideals.”
But the backlash has been swift, too: A series of tweets were published in response on Monday, highlighting the criticisms.
One read: “Hannah is the perfect representation of a woman who is still living under the patriarchy and who still suffers under the violence and sexism she is taught by her mother.”
Another user accused the series of using black people “as a prop for an agenda,” adding that it “needs to be shut down immediately.”
A series called “#TheRealHannity” took a different approach, pointing out that “Mollie” is black and the show is made up of white characters.
The tweets said: “Movies are full of black women and men, even in ‘Hannies’ show.
And the most black woman in ‘The Real Hannity is the one who was killed by the police.”
“The real Hannity is a real man who has no problems with racism.
#Hannigality,” the tweets added.
The reaction from the critics and others has been mixed.
The New York Post’s Olivia Nuzzi tweeted on Monday that the show had been “taken down,” adding: “It’s a good thing for the show to be taken down, because it makes it harder to watch other shows that use black people and people of color as props.”
She added: “If HBO were to shut down ‘The New Yorker’ or ‘HBO’ and let all the black characters go, we would be watching it with great dread and a lot more anxiety.”
HBO responded to these criticisms with a statement, which read in part: “As we begin our fourth season of Hannibal, we will always have an obligation to reflect on and explore all of our content in a way that reflects the complex issues facing the United States and our world today.
We look forward to continuing to work with creators and audiences”
As a part of our commitment to diversity, we have always honored the diversity of our cast, crew, writers, directors and performers, and are always committed to bringing our audience the best possible experience.
We look forward to continuing to work with creators and audiences