Watchmen writer Cord Jefferson has disagreed with critics who call the HBO DC Comic series pro-cop.
In the United States, many have united in protest against the perceived brutality of the police, following the death of George Floyd. George Floyd, of course, died in police custody, after once officer continuously kneeled on his neck while three other officers stood by. The death sparked protests across the United States which were often met with a hostile and violent reception from local police departments. The perceived brutality from police forces across the United States has caused some to rethink their opinions on police based shows, including HBO’s Watchmen.
The show itself revolves around the police department of Tulsa, Oklahoma as they battle against a white supremacist organization known as the 7th Cavalry. Police officers in this show have to wear masks in order to protect their identities from such organizations. The result is something that people are now interpreting as a series that is a bit to pro-cop for comfort. However, Watchmen writer Cord Jefferson disagrees with this sentiment.
While speaking to Rolling Stones, the Watchmen writer felt that the show’s sixth episode keeps it from being a pro-cop show. The episode in question has the main character reliving the memories of her grandfather and witnessing the racism he experienced at the hands of the police department he worked for first hand:
“If you only watched the pilot, you might [think that]. But I don’t think there’s any way you watch Episode Six of that show and go, ‘That show is pro-cop.’”
What do you all make of the Watchmen writer’s words? Do you think the HBO show us pro-cop? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen:
Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, WATCHMEN embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.
Watchmen stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk. The series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC.
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Source: Rolling Stones