The creator of ‘Watchmen’ dedicates profitable the Peabody Award to those that participated within the Tulsa Race Bloodbath | had been killed leisure
Damon Lindelof (left), creator of “Watchmen,” speaks to Regina King on the set of the HBO series. Mark Hill / HBO
By Michael Smith Tulsa World
The Peabody Awards annually recognize socially conscious storytelling, and on Wednesday the group recognized HBO’s scorching drama “Watchmen” as one of its premier television shows.
Damon Lindelof, the creator of this limited series – set in Tulsa and tells a story that begins with the 1921 massacre in the Greenwood District – dedicated the award to those who died in the tragedy.
In announcing the award, Peabody representatives wrote: “Damon Lindelof’s revolutionary series (provides) new answers to classic genre questions, such as what it means to mask one’s identity and who becomes a superhero, but also offers an open and Provocative reflection on contemporary racist violence, the role of the police and the consequences of a major catastrophe for Americans’ understanding of their place in the world.
“Watchmen deserves a peabody for building the world and telling stories that combine speculative fiction with historical and contemporary realities.”
Tulsa served as the new foundation that created a new take on “Watchmen,” inspired by a revered series of 1980s comics featuring masked heroes.
Tulsa’s story “reformulated the traditional superhero origin story that arose not from the aftermath of an exploding fictional planet but from the ashes of a very real place in Oklahoma that was deleted from history 100 years ago,” Lindelof said in a recorded one Annual speech awards have been canceled.