“Loud and clear, I want to say this show is under attack from the alt-right.”
Those are out writer Dustin Lance Black’s words about his upcoming eight-hour ABC gay rights miniseries, When We Rise. He made the comment while on a panel for the show at the Television Critics Association winter tour.
“This show is not a war. We are not against anyone. This shows how we are related. It’s a conversation about what it’s like to be a minority in this word and how important it is for us to work together for equality,” continued Black, who is also an executive producer on the show.
What’s more, the Oscar winner thinks Trump fans and the man himself might like the show.
“There are a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump who will love this show,” he said. “I didn’t write this for half the country. If Donald Trump actually watches the show, he might like the show.”
When We Rise is about a number of pioneers responsible for pushing forward the LGBT movement in the second half of the 20th century, beginning with the 1969 Stonewall Riots. But instead of the documentary form we’re used to seeing this story told in, Black has put together a “dramatized retelling of powerful stories”.
“I do hope that a new generation looks to these people for more inspiration. We need them more than ever.”
Although based on historical events that Black spent over a year researching, the series is personal for him as well.
“I wrote this for my aunts and uncles and cousins,” he said. “I wrote this to say, ‘Hey we have more in common than you think. We speak the same language.’”
When We Rise will feature Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, David Hyde Pierce and Rachel Griffiths. Celebrated out director Gus Van Sant will also executive produce and direct the show’s two-hour premiere.
Watch the trailer below.