Wednesday, November 27, 2019

HBO's Watchmen swaps anarchism for race reductionism

I'm liking HBO's Watchmen so far, but this illustrates its reductionist core:
"When we started thinking about what a superhero might look like in the 1930s, it's like, ‘who might be the person likeliest to seek justice outside the traditional means of obtaining justice? Who in the 1930s might be the person most likely to, to head down that path?’ Oh, of course, it's a black person, right?"
They completely missed socialists.

If Alan Moore, an anarchist, had been consulting on the HBO Watchmen, he probably would've noted that black people weren't the only people lynched in America. Wobblies were too. HBO's Watchmen connects the superhero impulse to defenders of racism, but not to defenders of capitalism, like the masked vigilantes who lynched Frank Little and Wesley Everest.

People forget that when Superman first showed up, he was a working class hero as Clark Kent and as Superman. Journalists were not the well-paid products of expensive schools then, and Superman's targets included bankers and landlords.

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Yes, Moore's name isn't on the project because he values more things than money.

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