Black trauma anyone?
The trailer for Amazon Prime’s Them has dropped and Black Twitter is not having it.
While some are excited about the new show, with Lena Waithe being an executive producer, Black audiences complained about Hollywood’s obsession with Black trauma.
The series is centered on the Emorys, a Black family from North Carolina, who moves to an all-white neighborhood in Los Angeles during The Great Migration.
The trailer starts out light with the family enjoying their new home.
Even the neighbors seem…happy.
Their white neighbors start finding ways to intimidate them by sitting outside of their house.
And mocking the kids in school, making monkey sounds.
Things turn horrific when we see performers in Blackface, making grimaced expressions.
And people that look like they’re being experimented on in a lab.
But despite its intriguing plot, Black audiences have been vocal about there are way too many movies about racism, oppression, and the like. And I have to agree with them.
Twitter users compared writing Black stories as “shopping for Black trauma,” only to get a reaction out of viewers.
Movies and shows centered on Black people seem to always be about slavery, Jim Crow, or police brutality.
It’s also striking that the majority of the writers and directors of the show are non-Black.
There’s also the fact that the stories hit close to home because they’re happening right in front of us, every day.
There is sooo much content out there that can be made into amazing creative work…
It shouldn’t be too much to make a regular-degular horror movie or show with Black leads, right?
Another good point: what is the end goal here? The family defeats their racist neighbors, and then what?
People have even been comparing it to Jordan Peele’s work, who made Get Out and Us.
Even the casting was critiqued, with the series adding to the pattern of only casting darker-skinned women to play lead roles in movies about racism.
We just want some happy and upbeat movies about Black people living their best lives, not running for them.
Honestly, even with these criticisms, I still plan on watching it (or at least the first episode) to see if it proves me wrong. But I can’t help but wonder when we’ll get some stories that don’t have to do with Black pain and suffering.
Guess a girl can dream.
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