We all knew it was coming. I'm not a gambler, but if I'd put money on predicting the reactions to Noughts + Crosses, BBC One's new Thursday night blockbuster, I'd have been quids in.
For the fans (presumably many of the 1.7 million who have bought the book since its publication in 2010), it was a delight to see Malorie Blackman's Young Adult novel make the big leap to TV. But I guessed there'd be others less pleased to see this story of interracial love, in a UK ruled by blacks, on their screens.
Based on the premise that the Aprican Empire conquered Europe 700 years before, Noughts + Crosses is set in an unrecognisable yet familiar London. Flipping the script on history, white people (Noughts) lives in the shadows and underpasses, angry and unhappy with their subservient lives.
Resentfully they look on while the beautiful black elite (Crosses) live their best lives in blissful ignorance, largely in mansions where the sun always shines. Unsurprisingly, Nought tensions rise as they begin to fight for their rights and Crosses desperately cling to power.
Bored at the prospect of churning out the same old same old, Blackman wrote Noughts + Crosses as a different spin on slavery, race and racism. By nudging these topics through time and place, by upending the perspective, she shone a different light on history. But that's just my lily-livered, bleeding heart liberal take on it. Some of the show's critics have seen something completely different.
Bellowing from the safety of their single-figured Twitter accounts, angry tweeters didn't hold back on slating the show. "Anti-white tripe," trilled one, a show for "fake victim race baiters" parped another, while some just kept it simple with a "deeply racist".
Just how a portrayal of the black experience through the eyes of white characters can be misread as racism is anyone's guess. The last time I looked, such writing was called art, fiction or just plain imagination. Guess the haters don't get out that much.
For other critics, the show's biggest crime wasn't racism, it was 'wokeness'. As disses go, calling something out for being politically aware or well informed is a bit rubbish – my gran's got better comebacks – but we know that's not what they mean. Using 'woke' as an insult is to the 21st century what shouting "PC gone mad!" was to the '90s.
For such people, Noughts + Crosses is a clear example of the BBC pandering to diversity when what it should really be doing is showing reruns of the Black and White Minstrel Show – you know, good, old-fashioned family entertainment.
Rather than peddling some kind of anti-white agenda, what I saw in Noughts + Crosses was the exposure of a world which has existed forever. People are beaten, racially profiled and forced to abandon their hopes and dreams, if they ever had any.
On a smaller scale, the show spotlights everyday microagressions and makes the picture even clearer. Noughts are written off as feckless and lazy, Crosses joke about their pale skin and names are mispronounced without apology.
In one of the most commented-upon scenes, a brown plaster meant for dark skin is wound around a white finger. For me, the simple switch from black to white lives isn't racist, it makes people question what they think they've always known.
Despite this, I had actually expected the Twitter trolls to be waving their pitchforks at Noughts + Crosses for other reasons. I thought that a show about a ruling black elite would trigger sweats, panic attacks and a wave of "replacement theory" tweets, outrage at the very thought of black people holding the whip hand, but I was unpleasantly surprised.
Maybe those critics are saving that line of attack for next week.
Noughts + Crosses continues on BBC One next Thursday (March 12), and you can catch up on the series on BBC iPlayer now.
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