Dustin Lance Black wants Donald Trump to watch his new gay rights drama
Dustin Lance Black thinks President-elect Donald Trump would like his new gay rights series.
Black previously won an Oscar for his work on Milk, a biopic of murdered gay rights hero Harvey Milk.
He has penned an upcoming drama series focusing on the LGBT rights movement, When We Rise, which debuts on ABC next month.
Speaking to reporters at a press event, Black said the series was for everyone – even Donald Trump.
He said: “I think a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump will love this show. I don’t see this show as the type of show that’s only trying to speak with half the country. That’s not what this is all about.
“I didn’t write this show for half the country. I think if Donald Trump actually watches the show, he might like the show.”
Following online harassment from ultra-conservatives, he accused the alt-right movement of waging a “war” against the show.
He said: “I want to say because this show is under attack by the alt-right online. We have been targeted. We’ll get absolutely zero ratings on every internet platform.
“But this show is not a war. We are not against anyone. Every single person in this world is a minority in one way or another. It just depends on how you slice the pie. And this show tells us how we are related.”
He said: “I have no respect for someone who lies about their sexuality… at the very least say ‘no comment,’ just keep your personal life personal. But if you’re going to closet yourself, that sends a negative message.”