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Dustin Lance Black says ‘When We Rise’ under attack from alt-right but even Trump will like it

Dustin Lance Black made an appearance at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour on Tuesday, where he said the alt-right have launched a campaign against his upcoming ABC miniseries “When We Rise.” But he thinks the eight-hour series, which tracks key moments in the fight for LGBTQ rights, has something for everyone, even President-elect Donald Trump.

“I think there’s a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump who will love this show,” Black said. “I didn’t write this show for half the country. If Donald Trump watches the show, I think he might like the show.”

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“Every single person in this world is a minority, depending on how you slice the pie, and this show is about how we are connected,” he added, Variety reports.

Black said he suspected a coordinated effort to go after the miniseries when he noticed an abundance of mean comments on the YouTube posting of the “When We Rise” trailer that were mostly racist and anti-Semitic. He found that the posters were associated with so-called “alt-right” groups, which is a rebranding of white nationalism.

He eventually was led to a YouTube video that breaks down the trailer with a pop-psychology analysis of Black’s relationship with his father.

Black said it was hurtful to watch but that he found parts of it to be humorous, saying, “I thought, ‘This guy is actually funny.’ If he and I met in a bar we’d probably actually get along.’”

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He said that he wishes to reach these very people, having written the show not to preach to the choir but rather to humanize the struggle for equal rights to his conservative, Mormon, military family.

“When We Rise” airs Feb. 27 to March 2 on ABC.

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  • Kieran

    President Trump might well watch and like it, but we know the Old school GOP homophobes he soundly thrashed (Cruz, Carson, Huckabee, Santorum etc) won’t.

  • Ken A.

    I kind of expected one million loud mouths to start a protest over this mini-series haven’t heard from them yet but I’m sure it is coming.

  • He BGB

    Is this the new explanation of ignorant homophobes that gay men have daddy issues? That is so 1950s. they don’t want to believe anyone was born gay. That probably hurt him to see that youtube video by the alt-right.


    What does it say about me that I’m far more interested in seeing the naughty YouTube video than this gentleman’s no doubt worthy effort.

  • duje_buric

    There is no alt-right. They are called nazis and fascists!

  • everybodywinsyay

    Propaganda on tv is all this is.

  • little Alex

    Yeah, I went on imdv and the alt-rights have already invaded the message boards.

  • Stilinski26

    He won’t like it not because of gays because Rosie O’donnell is in it lmao

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