Noughts and Crosses author Malorie Blackman has defended herself against accusations she is ‘anti-white’.
Her infamous 2001 novel set in a dystopian world, which sees people of colour (called Noughts) as the ruling class over white people (Crosses), has been adapted into a poignant six-part adaptation on the BBC.
The drama finally hit screens last week after years of tryingto get the story onto the small screen, but Blackman has now been of ‘race-baiting’.
‘Btw, to those accusing me of being anti-white or stating Imust hate white people to create such a story as Noughts and Crosses, I’m noteven going to dignify your absurd nonsense with a response,’ she vented on Twitter.
‘Go take a seat waaaay over there in the cold, dark andbitter haters’ corner.’
Jack Rowan, the rising star who plays lead Callum McGregor in the series, applauded the writer, commenting: ‘You tell ‘em!’
Noughts and Crosses was praised for its opening episode, which highlighted the everyday experiences for people of colour.
Blackman revealed the Noughts and Crosses premiere in Brixton, London she had been approached to adapt her literary series several times, with one producer planning to make the black characters Asian.
She told audiences: ‘I said, “Why?”, and they said, “We justfeel we’d reach a bigger audience that way.”
‘And I thought, “Kind of miss the point, much?”….Hard pass, crazy hard pass.’
Noughts and Crosses is available to stream on BBC iPayer now.
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