Television | Anne with an E hijacks a children’s classic as a vehicle for liberal values and 21st-century activism
by Laura Finch
Posted 8/02/18, 11:38 am
Let’s get one thing straight: Extrapolating on and even profiting from a classic isn’t new. It isn’t even necessarily a bad thing. Michael Landon did it with Little House on the Prairie, and he’s practically a national hero.
Neither is including a gay character in a historical drama: Downton Abbey did it with the nuanced character of Thomas Barrow, and in the end, we were all rooting for him to rejoin the downstairs staff.