Seeing black people take charge of their lives, fighting oppression with violence, and utilizing their intellect, must be a hard sell to an all-white board of directors who hope to be the next Fox News.
The news of WGN's pre-civil war drama, Underground getting canceled
is the latest in a slew of cancellations
across mass media with powerful, defiant black leads
. On Tuesday, WGN America released
their obligatory "going in the a new direction" explanation. But let's face it – white folks don't enjoy non-compliant and assertive black folks in real life or on their screens.
The true fans knew it was some nonsense, and Underground
actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who plays Rosalee, took to Instagram with this explanation:
So I looked up Sinclair Broadcast Group
, they operate all over the country but not in most major cities. Their board of directors is made up entirely of white, cishet men. On May 8, Sinclair announced they had purchased WGN America and as the first order of business, they removed Underground
from the network before the month's conclusion.
I will be the first to admit that another narrative with slaves running through muck for their lives, suffering from severe physical and mental trauma because of white people and slavery, was not what I was looking for in a TV show. However, the writers and executive producers who include John Legend, have taken a different approach in this slave era narrative.