The highly anticipated Good Omens has arrived, but not without its unpleasant detractors. One Twitter user complained about the amount of diversity shown in the opening few minutes, and decided to whine about it to the show’s creator, Neil Gaiman. Gaiman then reminded him of his place in the world.
The show begins with Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand narrating as the voice of God. The story of Genesis then unfolds with Adam and Eve, who are played by black actors.
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This was apparently offensive to certain people, and Gaiman had actually addressed this potential reaction during an interview with Slashfilm.
Slashfilm: Do you expect the black Adam and Eve to ruffle some feathers, since some devout people still assume they were white?
Gaiman: You’re talking here about a drama predicated on the idea that the antichrist might actually be a nice kid in which a demon and an angel are working against the orders of Heaven and incidentally Hell in order to stop the apocalypse from happening and save the world. On this basis, I think a black Adam and Eve is a nice way of letting anybody who would be significantly offended by any of those concepts know that they can stop watching this now. It is safe to turn off.
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Good Omens follows the demon Crowley, and the angel Aziraphale, who also happen to be best friends in love with each other, as they try stopping the apocalypse in spite of Heaven’s decision to end the world. But yeah, the thing that throws people off is Adam and Eve’s skin color.
It’s nice to see that Gaiman can deal with these unpleasantries with grace and wit.
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