Netflix is being criticised by some viewers who are calling the new Addams family spinoff show ‘racist’.
Some viewers have claimed that the series, which has had a huge buzz since it was released last month, have only cast Black actors as bullies.
Watch the trailer below:
Jenna Ortega plays the legendary Wednesday Addams while Luis Guzmán plays Gomez Addams and Catherine Zeta-Jone plays Morticia.
Christina Ricci, who famously played Wednesday in the 1990s Addams Family series, returns as one of Wednesday’s teachers.
Uncle Fester is played by none other than Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen.
Netflix’s synopsis of the eight-part series reads:
“The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy.
“Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorised the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.”
While there are definitely many fans of the show, some criticised that many of the Black actors were bullies and expected to be disliked by the viewer.
One person tweeted:
“Me trying to badly push past the racist and anti-Black undertones in the Wednesday Addams Netflix show. Like whoever thought making the Black man as the owner of a pilgrim amusement park is literally going to HELL.”
While another agreed:
“I love Jenna Ortega and that she’s playing Wednesday but one thing I hate about this show is that why did they make all the Black people in this show terrible people? Like how did Netflix see nothing wrong in this?”
Have you seen the series? What are your thoughts?