The author “doesn’t give a fuck” about fans who don’t understand his work.
The adaptation of Sandman, the famous comic series from Neil gaiman, has been buzzing since Netflix unveiled the main cast a few days ago. In question, the choice of a black actress (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) for the role of Death, or that of the non-binary actor (understand who is defined neither as a man nor as a woman) Mason Alexander Park in that of Desire. Not to mention that the visual produced by Netflix specifies the pronouns of each actor, an increasingly widespread practice to raise awareness of questions relating to transidentity. An ad that irritated a lot of Internet users posing as fans of Sandman… and that the British author did not fail to pick up on Twitter.
Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Patton Oswalt, Joely Richardson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Niamh Walsh, Kyo Ra, Razane Jammal, and Sandra James Young will co-star alongside Tom Sturridge and Gwendolyn Christie in The Sandman! pic.twitter.com/tlQ97I0xyS
– Netflix (@netflix) May 26, 2021
While a fan bluntly tweeted that “Gaiman doesn’t give a damn about respecting his original work“, although the character of Désir is for example non-binary in the comics, the author is out of his hinges:
“I don’t give a fuck about the work. I’ve spent thirty years fighting – successfully – against bad adaptations of Sandman. I don’t give a fuck about people who don’t understand or who don’t. haven’t read Sandman and who dare to complain about Desire’s non-binarity or that Death isn’t white enough. Watch the show and make up your own mind. ” To a fan who asked if Desire was still a non-binary character, Gaiman also replied: “Well, yeah. But you’ve got to read the comics to find out. And obviously those barking skipped that step.”
I give all the fucks about the work. I spent 30 years successfully battling bad movies of Sandman.
I give zero fucks about people who don’t understand / haven’t read Sandman whining about a non-binary Desire or that Death isn’t white enough. Watch the show, make up your minds. https://t.co/KcNzap8Kt4
– Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) May 29, 2021
“Death was much harder to cast than you might imagine“, added Gaiman.”Hundreds of talented women auditioned – and they were brilliant – but none matched. […] Then we saw the Kirby Howell-Baptiste audition, and then we knew we had our death.“Note that we also find Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry or Patton Oswalt in the cast of the series.
Sandaman is directed by Allan Heinberg, and co-produced by Neil Gaiman and David Goyer. Netflix has also unveiled an official synopsis: “A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy, in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are perfectly interwoven, The Sandman follows the characters and places touched by Morpheus, the King of Dreams, as he repairs the cosmic and human errors he has made during his vast existence. “
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