i could write a poem about this cast

Even Neil Gaiman Was Surprised by the Reaction to ‘American Gods’
For nearly 30 years, Neil Gaiman has found success as a comic-book writer, novelist and screenwriter. Now, he can add another credit to his long CV, as the executive producer of the Starz series “A…
By Ben Croll

For nearly 30 years, Neil Gaiman has found success as a comic-book writer, novelist and screenwriter. Now, he can add another credit to his long CV, as the executive producer of the Starz series “American Gods,” which was adapted from his 2001 novel.

What is your relationship with showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green?

I wrote a few tiny bits here and there, but mostly … I tried to steer them off the shoals, having a really good idea where the shoals were because I’d lived with these characters for much, much longer. It was like, “No, Shadow wouldn’t do that. You might think you want to go here, but trust me, you really don’t…”

Starz renewed the show for a second season. But what happens when you run out of text to adapt?

By that time, one of two things will have happened. Either President Trump will have destroyed the world, or I will have written or be solidly into the “American Gods” sequel.

The show went into production before the election, but since it began its run in April, it has seized the cultural moment.

I did not consider the book contentious, controversial or anything fancy. It was a book that was fundamentally about the Statue of Liberty and the poem on her base, about what immigrants took to America and what they left behind, and it seemed like an absolutely and utterly uncontentious thing. Writing a story with a diverse cast seemed like an important thing.

What has been the most surprising reaction?

Weirdly, it was the fact that the Bilquis scene caused as many ripples as it did. I remember making it up 20 years ago. I threw it at the end of chapter one, figuring if people wanted to leave they could leave there.  I was quite genuinely as excited by Yetide’s [Badaki] glorious performance and then by watching that set the world on fire the next day.

Day L8 - If you could produce a TV show, what would the story be?

My Black Show

I’m gonna make a BLACK show.
And ain’t ish gonna be blackish about my show.
We gonna have folks with long African names
never meant for colonial tongues.
AND we gonna have about five little Malaysias
and at least three kids called King.
My show gonna cast black people who look like me
and black people who don’t.
We gonna show single mothers making it,
not struggling
and daddies that are involved.

In my black show,
nobody talks about color in a way to divide
only wonderment on how beautiful and expansive black is.
I want black people who don’t call themselves black;
black people with thick accents,
black people uncomfortable with nigga,
flamboyant as fuck gay black folk,
less flashy gay black folk,
give me a few episodes of nothing but Studs.
Hell, I even want black conservatives.
We gonna cast black transfolk in trans roles
as well as in non-trans roles.
Because gender bias will not pop off on my black show!
My black show is big on inclusion!

But you know what my black show won’t have?
Product placement, because fuck capitalism.
You know what else will be missing?
White people and other non-black people but
ESPECIALLY white people.
I don’t need them to tell my black story.
They don’t get to take up space in my black story.
I won’t even cast them as extras down the street.
Hold your tongue about realism-
This is MY black story.

Black people gonna do regular shit in my black story.
Like, go grocery shopping and swipe the card with confidence
even if they’re on food assistance.
Scratch that, everybody got enough food in my black show.
Conflicts are gonna be like,
“I can’t believe Malcom kept this from me!”
“He was trying to surprise you for your birthday, LaPorcha!”
“But it was still a lie!”
*Camera fades out and LaPorcha’s arms are folded.*

In my black show,
pain comes in the form of being rejected
and not having to wonder if you’re too black or too dark.
Pain comes in the process of losing a loved one
or having to move away.

Nobody getting raped in my black show.
Nobody is getting killed.
No stop and frisks.
No cops at all.
No crooked judges and politicians.
Did I mention, won’t be no cops AT ALL?

And every week,
my black cast will go to sleep to
the sound of nothing
and the next week,
wake up to the brightest sunshine
and chirping of birds.

And the only moral of my black story will be
how happy we could be when we are left the fuck alone.

Just yesterday I was in a literature class that was talking about how watching violent imagery is dangerous and how Richard Wright used a number of his writings to demonstrate how violence could affect people. The poem “Between the World and Me” is meant to show how simply observing violence can be a negative thing for a person.


Additionally, why is the Dangan Ronpa 2 cast so largely unimportant in their own part after seven episodes?