The miniseries, premiering February 27, chronicles the LGBTQ civil rights movement in the early ’70s through the eyes of an ensemble of characters. It’s partially based on activist Cleve Jones’ book of the same name.
It stars Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael K. Williams, and Ivory Aquino.
“I would give anything in the world for it [the show’s theme] to be less topical in the world right now than it is right now,” Black added. “I do think it’s a necessary conversation to have right now.”
Still weeks away from premiering, Black said the show has been “under attack by the alt-right” online. But he insisted “this show is not a war.”
“There’s an idea about this show out there in some small groups … I think there’s a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump who will love this show,” he said. “I didn’t write this show for half the country. And I think if Donald Trump actually watches the show, he might like the show.”
He added: “We are not against anyone. Every single person is a minority in one way or another, it just depends on how you slice the pie and this show tells us how we are related.”
Williams, best known for his work on HBO’s “The Wire,” acknowledged that the “very divided country” that has presented itself post-election, in fact, might find comfort in the miniseries.
“We need to be reminded that there’s a lot of stories of triumph and courage that this country was built on,” he said. “And ‘When We Rise’ is one of them.”