Despite all the praise HBO's Watchmen has received, a number of so-called "fans" are deeming it a disgrace to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic graphic novel. Not because the acting is bad (it isn't) or the writing is cringe-inducing (it's quite good) but due to the fact that the show is "too political." No joke, the show based on a comic book that had Ronald Reagan cover up the Watergate Scandal with superheroes and depicted an America that beat Vietnam in the war is "too political."
Watchmen has always been political, you guys.
Showrunner Damon Lindelof has addressed these poor criticisms from dumb fans who hate black people and only want to see white superheroes punching one another. As Lindelof points out, Watchmen has always been a dark version of the present, with the show giving us an extremely liberal era that is criticized openly in the show. No joke, you have people who do complain about too much censorship here, showing that Lindelof knows how to make fun of his own political party.
But the villains are white supremacists who praise Rorschach so this show clearly caters to SJWs and is considered bad. Come on people, grow up.
Anyway, here's how Lindelof addressed these concerns during the Watchmen Podcast:
"But my own personal politics--and I make no bones about the fact that I'm a liberal, I'm very progressively minded. But at the same time, I think that the original Watchmen is kind of anarchist in its blood, and it has to troll the extremes. So you have to troll extreme liberalism, and extreme progressivism."
Not a perfect show by any means but Watchmen is pretty darn great. How it tackles racism and superheroes is utterly fascinating, and the cast is just too damn good. If you want to address how the show essentially requires people to read the graphic novel, that's fine. But, if you're claiming that the show is too political you're wrong; if it's not political, it's not Watchmen.
Watchmen has finished its first season on HBO. Expect replays soon.