'Jessica Jones' Showrunner Reveals the Scene That Landed Her on a Nazi Hate Site
"The one I thought was really going to get the most flak was the abortion story; the one that actually got the most, much to my horror and disappointment, was the interracial relationship," said Melissa Rosenberg in THR's Showrunner Roundtable.
Marvel's Jessica Jones has had moments that left even its showrunner, Melissa Rosenberg, genuinely terrified.
In THR's Showrunner Roundtable, Rosenberg shared with other A-list TV writer-producers, including Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail and American Crime's John Ridley, how she ended up on a Nazi hate site.
"I was dealing with a lot of different issues on Jessica Jones: rape, abortion, interracial relationships, feminism — all this stuff. What made me nervous was whether the audience was going to [react]," Rosenberg said of the Netflix superhero drama that has already picked up a Peabody.
"The one I thought was really going to get the most flak was the abortion story," she noted, before adding: "The one that actually got the most, much to my horror and disappointment, was the interracial relationship [between Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter)."
According to Rosenberg, the site had a picture of her and Brian Michael Bendis, who wrote the comic book on which the series is based, with a Jewish star on it. "It didn't really occur to me that that was going to be the thing," she said. "And it was scary."
Read the full roundtable discussion here.
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