The “Roots” reincarnation premiered Monday, competing with the anticipated Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference finals. The new miniseries debuted simultaneously on A&E, History, and Lifetime. Even with such strong competition as the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder, “Roots” still managed to entice nearly 5.3 million viewers. The miniseries, which presented a generational medley of stories about the beginning of slavery, to the slaves’ long overdue freedom, didn’t quite reach the popularity of the 1977 version of “Roots”.The original version of Roots set television records.
The second-coming of Roots did, in fact, provokeemotions: mixed emotions, but, emotions, nonetheless. Some people felt as though the legacy of “Roots” should not have been tampered with…at all. One of the disappointed viewers was rapper Snoop Dogg. According to CNN, he expressed his disgust of the America’s constant nostalgia, regarding the abuse that African Americans experienced. He took his rants to Instagram and stated, “How the f*** they gonna put Roots on Memorial Day…They going to just keep beating that s*** into our heads as to how they did us, huh?"More disgruntled viewers went to Twitter to express their disdain for the miniseries:
Yet, others were content with the way the beginning of Black history was portrayed.
The final three segments will be shown Tuesday through Thursday. Meanwhile, Twitter and other social media will surely be on fire, with more reactions to the rebirth of Roots.