Damon Lindelof, creator of Watchmen, recently spoke about the importance of honoring and depicting racial struggle on screen. In an interview with Variety on the occasion of his recent 2020 Emmy nominations, the creative tackled the real-life event present in his highly praised limited series: The 1921 Tulsa Massacre. At that event, some white citizens killed people and burned houses and businesses in a tributary black neighborhood known as Black Wall Street.
Damon Lindelof explained that he wanted Watchmen to start by denouncing a real-life racial fight. He mentioned that despite the fact that he had little time to learn of the event, he hoped that it would become a subject of constant denunciation in future productions.
« I hope the series works as an invitation to start saying that Tulsa was just the beginning. If you don’t know about this fact, imagine how many other things you don’t know. The deaths of George Floyd or Breonna Taylor should not have been the beginning of this reckoning, but I am grateful that people reevaluate the story. I am one of them. I am not pointing to the world. I am aiming it firmly at myself. It’s great when television becomes part of a broader conversation about where we are culturally. «
In recent months, and following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, the Black Lives Matter movement has taken a predominant place in cultural conversation. Since then, various celebrities have joined the protests, in addition to denouncing the racist acts that have been experienced in Hollywood and even their misinterpretation in movies and series.
As for Watchmen, it is not the first time that allusions to real life have been talked about, since previously Lindelof himself had shared through his Instagram account some events of 2020 that were predicted in the series a year ago.
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