“THEM” is not for US.
The limited anthology series executive produced by Little Marvin and Lena Waithe is now available on Amazon Prime, but I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you what I wish someone had shared with me prior to watching.
The series centers on a Black family (the Emorys) who moves from North Carolina (after suffering an unthinkable tragedy) to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood in Compton during the period known as The Great Migration.
The family’s idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next-door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.
When Amazon began the promotional rollout, I was front and center supporting this new series from Black creators featuring a beautiful Black family.
However, when the official trailer was released, Lena Waithe got dragged in the streets of social media for continuing to uphold her reputation of monetizing Black trauma.
Initially, I felt bad for Lena and had hoped people would give the series a chance before condemning it.
After screening the series, I couldn’t be more disappointed and appalled by what I watched.
Let’s start with the positive…
Everyone understood their assignments and delivered on their roles. Bravo!
But, Deborah (pictured above)! She was absolutely magnificent in this series and one might say she carried the series on her back.
Now, about “THEM“….
I cram to understand why anyone involved in this project thought this was a good idea in the year of our Lord 2021.
In the climate we live in now, why would we, the Black community, desire a series about a beautiful Black family being relentlessly tormented and tortured by white folks and supernatural white folks?!?!
“THEM” is 10 episodes of gratuitous Black trauma with a pinch of horror, thriller, and supernatural.
The Black trauma is so excessive, egregious, and triggering that I became physically ill at one point and had to stop screening the series for a few days.
What kind of triggers? I’m glad you asked.
- Racial Slurs
- Golliwog Dolls
- Minstrel Characters
- Destruction of the Black family
- Eye Gouging
- Mental Torture
- Physical Torture
- Gang Rape
- Infant Murder
The victims of all of these heinous acts were Black.
I pushed myself to finish the series to give a fair assessment, because surely, at some point, the Emorys would turn the tables, take back their power, and go from being the prey to judge, jury, and executioner.
They simply survived.
I just have one question for Little Marvin and Lena Waithe…
The only thing more disappointing than this series is that it came from Black creators.
If watching a beautiful Black family go through unthinkable hells, torment, and torture is your idea of entertainment – have at it.
But, you cannot say I didn’t warn YOU about “THEM.”