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Dustin Lance Black Says LGBT Miniseries is 'Under Attack from Alt-Right'

Wednesday Jan 11, 2017

The highly anticipated ABC miniseries about the LGBT rights movement is already gaining controversy, according to Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lace Black.

Speaking at a panel during the Television Critics Association, Black, who created, wrote and will direct part of "When We Rise," claimed the alt-right is coming for the show, which chronicles the LGBT rights movement starting with the 1969 Stonewall Riots up to the present.

"Loud and clear, I want to say this show is under attack from the alt-right," Black said, according to TV Guide. "But this show is not a war."

"We are not against anyone. This shows how we are related," he added. "It's a conversation about what its like to be a minority in this word and how important it is for us to work together for equality."

Black, who received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay in 2009 for the biopic "Milk," said Donald Trump supporters "will love this show" despite it being about progressive issues like LGBT equality.

"I didn't write this for half the country. If Donald Trump actually watches the show, he might like the show," he said.

Black said "When We Rise" isn't a history lesson but a "Dramatized retelling of powerful stories" that he's spent years researching.

"I pitched this show to one network for one reason," he said. "I love them and I treasure them. I wrote this for my aunts and uncles and cousins. ... I wrote this to say, 'Hey we have more in common than you think. We speak the same language."

Black added:

"I do hope that a new generation looks to these people for more inspiration. We need them more than ever," Black added about the activists portrayed in the series-most who are still alive. He added that it was important to "show connective tissue between all people. 'We' is the most important word in that title.'"

"When We Rise," debuts Feb. 27 and boasts a star studded cast, including Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael K. Williams, Dylan Walsh, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Denis O'Hare, David Hyde Pierce, Rob Reiner, and many more. The story will unfold in eight parts with the first two episodes directed by Gus Van Sant, who also serves as an executive producer.

Check out the trailer below.


[H/T The Hollywood Reporter]

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