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“Were You Truly A Fan Of The Graphic Novel?”: Regina King Addresses Hypocritical Fans Over ‘Watchmen’ Series

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“With some people, I wonder if it’s one of two things: were you truly a fan of the graphic novel? Because if you were, you’d realise there was a political story in there,” King said during a recent interview.

Fans of the original Watchmen have been complaining about the HBO series that made its debut recently, with their primary objection being that the show is too political.

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In a post from Esquire, the outlet pulled a couple of quotes from disgruntled fans, which can be seen below.

They took everything that was good about Watchmen and Rorschach, then defecated all over it Last Jedi style. This isn’t Watchmen, it’s Wokemen, sorry, Wokepersons. – Lotheravanti

They took my favorite comic series and used it as a vessel for delivering political/ ideological rhetoric. Was really looking forward to this. – James C

Somehow a show about gritty heroes became another show pandering to the SJWs of the world and inciting race divide and preaching an agenda. – Bill W

The irony of this is that the original Watchmen comics were very, very political. Aside from offering critiques on liberal and conservative ideas, the series explored an alternative history where Richard Nixon used Doctor Manhattan to win the Vietnam War. What fans seem to be umcomfortable with is the very specific way in which the HBO series of Watchmen has shifted its lens to focus on topics like race, and how one of the comics most beloved but troubled characters, Rorschach, has become the face of white supremacy. And Regina King is calling out fans to wrestle with their discomfort with the show.

“With some people, I wonder if it’s one of two things: were you truly a fan of the graphic novel? Because if you were, you’d realise there was a political story in there,” King said in an interview with Digital Spy. “And two, did it feel less political for you because you, as a white man right now, watching this, it’s making you uncomfortable? Which one is it? A combination of both?”

“I won’t be satisfied with an answer that says, ‘I don’t like it because it wasn’t anything like the graphic novel.’ That wasn’t the intention,” King continued. “…I won’t be satisfied with that as your answer. I need you to dig a little deeper to tell me what it was that made you feel uncomfortable. I feel that that’s very fair…Now, tell me why you feel uncomfortable?”

The first episode of HBO’s Watchmen began with the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. Known by other names like the Tulsa race massacre, Greenwood Massacre and the Black Wall Street Massacre, the incident found mobs of white residents attacking black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 31 and June 1, 1921.

Source: Digital Spy

H/T: Esquire

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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