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Everything I see about this Salem show makes me more frustrated.
Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, ‘Salem’ explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.
Witches aren’t bad. A show about witches would be really cool, especially if they highlighted that fact. A show about modern witches in Salem would even be cool!
But that’s a modern perspective on witchcraft that was not shared by most people in 1692.
Moreover, the people of Salem were not guilty of witchcraft, and to imply that there was witchcraft going on (even if wasn’t being practiced by the accused themselves) is pretty much spitting in the faces of the women, children, and the handful of men who were wrongly executed, who died in prison, or who lost everything because they were falsely accused of witchcraft.
They were, by and large, genuinely pious, God-fearing people. That’s why the accusations held such weight. They were NOT living in a post-Enlightenment world; they took God (and the devil) very seriously.
It also promotes a completely misguided interpretation of what happened by completely ignoring the complex socioeconomic factors [i.e., gender roles/sexism in Puritan society] that played a role in the trials, etc.
(And it’s not “just a TV show.” Shows like this have an enormous impact on how people perceive historical reality. They may not think that there were really witches in seventeenth-century Salem after watching it, but they’ll probably come away less-informed all the same.)
Just a heads-up; if you haven’t noticed already from my theme, I’m trying really hard to cut this blog back to just a space for graphics (and some dumb text posts) for various reasons.
That said, I will not be deleting this blog.
However, I will also not be reblogging much of anything (with some exceptions).
Ideally, it’s going to be heavy on the graphics and light on the dumb text posts, but we’ll see.