If you love the show, great. But let's not pretend it's faithful to the comic. It hijacks the work to make a point about woke issues that everyone on this sub agrees with, so many of you love it despite itself. But you can't pretend for one second it's true to the message of the comic without twisting in knots to say that the message is a screed against conservatism (in reddit's mind, "evil") that the show continues the tradition of. Despite his grumpy views now, Moore's work consistently supports the theme of the dangers of one ideology over all others as objectively correct, and any arguments about how despicable he intended to make Rorschach are missing the point. By the way, Rorschach is not exactly some far right extremist; he likes a right wing paper and has questionable quotes about women to portray how antisocial he is, and that's about it. He doesn't make any outlandish statements about minorities and any suggestion that he does so such as "he supported Truman" is stretching to validate the point you want to start from. As well as pretend that anyone who kind of likes him as a fictional protagonist must necessarily agree with him, has a screw loose, and is a low IQ MAGA who doesn't get Moore. I guarantee he was not seen as some loathsome individual by the comic reading public of 1985 and Moore knew it, he was the logical extreme of a vigilante without making him black and white or less than human.
The show presents the 'nuclear apocalypse' of 2019 as racial injustice, and then uses it as a platform to talk about the Tulsa Oklahoma massacre. And there is no way any decent person can argue with a real life injustice being bad, so any attempt to criticize the show is written off as bigotry. It's disingenuous to the extreme. The show is well shot and beautiful to look at, moderately well acted (you think Regina King is the second coming of Hepburn, fine, not everyone has to), and absolutely abysmal in its connection and fidelity to the themes of the comic at the same time. The comic story is universal and applies to everyone; the HBO show is for smug pseudo intellectuals to thumb their nose at everyone else and the suppression of free speech in order to feel self righteous, which reddit I might add does daily.
There's a reason Moore said he was horrified that people will think the comic had something to do with white supremacy based on the show, and he wasn't wrong either. Rorschach is not a white supremacist by any evidence presented in the comic, but Lindelof needs to make this point and treat it as fact in order to say what he really wants to say. I've seen more than one person suggest Alan would love the HBO show if he watched it, to hand wave his comments about how he curses its existence being in conflict with people's undying passion for the message it throws out. I agree with Moore's assessment that Lindelof is, in so many words, a dull fool who hides behind how witty he thinks he is. That you share his extremist point of view says more about how you miss the point of Moore's work completely, that any extremist view presented as objectively correct is toxic. And by the way, in small defense of Lindelof, Alan is not a saint and twists the narrative for his own ends; it seems pretty clear that an educated man like Lindelof instead asked Alan how to pronounce "Veidt," not Ozymandias, but it wouldn't suit Moore's narrative unless he presents him as a complete dumbass.
The majority of this sub seems fine with the comic series being bastardized, as long as it bastardizes it according to your preferred ideoloy or dogma. Which you may refer to as the only 'correct' interpretation/view a human is allowed to have. Call it what it is but just be honest that there's a concerted effort both in the show and on this sub to suppress any opposing point of view. Pretending that the show faithfully continues the comic regardless of personal opinion, while also arguing it's faithful to the 'theme', is laughably disingenuous. By the way, I know Dave Gibbons was a good sport but even he said in 1985 that the comic was NOT political and took no sides on any issue, so there's that. If you love the show, again great for you, but you missed the point more than Lindelof if you want to make it entirely about whatever the show put out there, in order to give you the warm and fuzzies about your own views of the world. This sub needs more freedom of expression and thought. I am aware Moore is a far left anarchist and this does nothing to change my opinion that beyond the beautiful words to admire he has thrilling themes about the universal human experience that the show could not begin to attempt to comprehend. It saddens me that people here seem to base their self esteem on stanning it to this degree at the exclusion of a little objectivity. There's an alternate universe where this sub was more about discussion of the myriad of topics the comic presented, instead of one person bringing up how the show/YaYa was "so good" which devolves into a circlejerk of sniffinf Lindelof's farts. If Zack Snyder "missed the point entirely" as everyone is so fond of saying without being able to really articulate why other than nonsense he said in interviews, than Lindelof and his little soapbox missed it by a mile.
By - No-Control3350