"Are All Black Characters Bad People?": The Wednesday Series on Netflix at the heart of a racist controversy that spoils its crazy success

By Quentin Piton Journalist Series – Cinema Journalist specializing in series, cinema, but also anime and manga. Spends his time dreaming of Emma Watson, considers Olivier Giroud the GOAT and refuses to speak with those who are against the absolute truth which is: How I Met Your Mother is a better series than Friends. Just days after its release on Netflix, and while some fans are already hoping for a season 2, the Wednesday series finds itself at the center of a controversy. In question ? The writing of this fiction directed by Tim Burton is accused of being racist, the fault of clichéd black characters.

This is THE hit of the end of the year in the world of streaming: Wednesday, the fiction adapted from the universe The Addams Family< /em>signed Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, and worn by Jenna Ortega, explodes everything on Netflix. In the space of just one week, the series was watched for 341.23 million hours, which made it the most watched English-language creation of all time for the platform over such a period, stealing the record at season 4 of Stranger Things. It even ranked number 1 in 83 different countries around the world. Just that.

Wednesday, a racist series?

What to understand that the adventures of the daughter of Gomez and Morticia are unanimous? Yes and no. If many fans are now demanding a season 2, the first episodes are also at the center of some criticism, whether for its scenario, the withdrawal of the Addams universe, or even … certain creative choices doubtful.

This is a detail that has not escaped a few subscribers: where the cast is rather inclusive, the choice of roles can however seem cliché, even racist. And for good reason, all the characters described as wicked, corrupt or stalkers are… black. We think of Bianca Barclay (Joy Sunday) who is introduced as the antagonist of Wednesday, Lucas Wilson (Iman Marson) who is seen as a daddy's boy who does not hesitate to play the torturers or even Mayor Noble Walker (Tommie Earl Jenkins) with dark schemes who manages a museum in homage to the Pilgrim Fathers known… for their colonization.

Internet users angry with black characters

However, if in fact most of these characters experience a certain evolution over the course of the series (we will not say more to avoid spoilers), Internet users were nevertheless quick to criticize these initial choices and therefore to accuse Wednesday of being racist.

Don't get me wrong. I love Jenna Ortega and seeing her play Wednesday, but one of the things i hate about this show is why they made all the black characters bad people how did netflix not see that was a mistake?“, can we read on Twitter, just like “It takes me a lot of effort to overcome the racist and anti-black underlays in the series Wednesday of Netflix. Like, the person who imagined seeing a black man owning a park dedicated to the Pilgrim Fathers deserves to go to hell“.

Strong accusations to which Netflix did not wish to react. For his part, contacted by the New York Post, a representative of Tim Burton – director of 4 episodes and producer, said: “I'm not going to share a request for a response as stupid as this to Tim“.

As a reminder, this is not the first time that Tim Burton has been associated with accusations of racism. In 2016, during the promotion of the film Miss Peregrine, the director was asked about the lack of diversity within the castings of his projects. To this end, he then delivered a very limited response: “Nowadays, people talk about it more… But either things bring this diversity, or they don't need it. I remember, when I As a kid, I watched The Brady Bunch and they started getting politically correct. Like, okay, now let's have an Asian kid, and a black kid. And I was more offended by that. grew up watching Blaxploitation movies and I thought it was great. I never went there and was like, ok, there should be more white people in it“.

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