The Wire creator David Simon has explained his recent comments about people who “hack” the show into “pop culture nuggets”.
In an interview with the New York Times, Simon was quoted as having “contempt” for people who weren’t around when The Wire was still on the air struggling for viewers. Since then, he clarified that his comments were not intended as they came across in the interview (see above link).
Now in a new blog post, Simon has explained his point in more depth:
To be clear: I don’t think the Wire has all the right answers. It may not even ask the right questions. It is certainly not some flawless piece of narrative, and as many good arguments about real stuff can be made criticizing the drama as praising it. But yes, the people who made the Wire did so to stir actual shit. We thought some prolonged arguments about what kind of country we’ve built might be a good thing, and if such arguments and discussions ever happen, we will feel more vindicated in purpose than if someone makes an argument for why The Wire is the best show in years. (“Buffy,” by the way, was the correct answer to that particular bracketfest.)
Yes, I do get that if you tell a story, people will acquire it on their own terms. Yes, I do get that people value what they value and they’re no less entitled than the people who tell the story. And yes, I do know that some things of lesser import present the opportunity for greater humor. But when asked a question about the belated interest in The Wire, and about what that interest means to us, are the people who worked on the tale for eight years entitled to our own truths? Or will everyone have hurt feelings if we say, no, sorry, whether Omar is the coolest ever isn’t the salient debate for which we labored.
You can read Simon’s full post at DavidSimon.com | HT Lewis K
What do you make of Simon’s views?