Following the tragedy in Uvalde on Tuesday that took the lives of 21 people, including 19 children, some fans have looked to the TV for answers. And more specifically the hit freshman show, Abbott Elementary, to do an episode focusing on school shootings.
“Abbott” creator Quinta Brunson rejected the idea, answering below..
wild how many people have asked for a school shooting episode of the show I write. people are that deeply removed from demanding more from the politicians they've elected and are instead demanding "entertainment." I can't ask "are yall ok" anymore because the answer is "no."
— quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) May 25, 2022
It’s not surprising. Abbott Elementary was an investment in optimism and happiness during it’s first season. The story of a faculty at an underfunded Philadelphia school gave us some of the biggest laughs and heartwarming moments of the year. Fans are already waiting for the second season.
And those fans were also supportive of Brunson’s decision…
Are marginalized communities not allowed to have escapist media? Why does every single show that features us have to talk about shit we’re already losing hair about in our daily lives? I look to Abbott Elementary for a laugh, not a reminder about how black kids will never be safe
— tired and wired (@diblekpentha) May 25, 2022
asking for a school shooting episode for Abbott Elementary is unhinged. You wouldn't ask The Goldbergs or The Connors for that either 💀
— Gogol Tech CEO (@kingbealestreet) May 25, 2022
Abbott elementary is show that greatly display black kids joy. Why would y’all want that show to include a school shooting episode? Why can’t black kids be happy?
— Anastasia Gracia (@agracia623) May 25, 2022
What’s mir. I love Abbott Elementary, but it already highlights the normal traumatic BS that teachers and kids go through on an average day at an underfunded school.
Adding this??!! No.
If you didn’t ask The Office to do a workplace shooting episode don’t ask of this show. https://t.co/UIL6y2dbaS
— Latisha means Joyful (@leticia_creates) May 25, 2022
and abbott elementary is a comedy so even from a storytelling and thematic standpoint it doesnt even make sense to all of a sudden go dark??? https://t.co/8xsBpTdDmt
— cay (@koralinadean) May 25, 2022
it’s a million school shooting episodes on different tv shows. pick you one and leave abbott elementary alone. tf
— 𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕣𝕪 𝕤𝕡𝕚𝕔𝕖 ✨ (@arythevillxin) May 25, 2022
Y’all asking Abbott elementary to do an active shooter episode? Do y’all not like joy?? Why do folks want an episode of Black kids terrified?
— PrEPpa Pig (@ThereGoesTonio) May 25, 2022
I do not want to see a school shooting on Abbott Elementary. We’re having enough conversation in real life, we don’t need to ruin a wholesome fake TV show with our reality tbh.
— Girl, No. (@RaveenTheDream) May 25, 2022
What do you think? Is a show like Abbott Elementary the medium to talk about gun violence? Let me know in the comments below.
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