Amazon’s ‘Them’ Is Visual Terrorism

Representation isn’t reason enough to bask in Black trauma on television

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I need everyone behind the curtain of Them to understand that if I wanted to be traumatized for 10 hours, I already have America to watch.

Marvin doesn’t bother striving for such lofty goals. He’s seemingly interested only in Black representation in horror, regardless of the effect or outcome. There is no sense — common or otherwise — in the actions of the protagonists. The family moves into the last neighborhood they should, engages neighbors in ways that would’ve gotten them killed in real life, and even terrorizes one another as the formula requires. In the end, the Black characters behave like White people do in horror films, making Them the Justice Clarence Thomas of horror films.

Writer and poet holding down Columbus, Ohio

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