“Roots” Remake Gets the Drudge Treatment

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This week’s Hollywood Reporter features a 4,000-word cover story about A&E’s remake of Roots. About halfway through, reporter Marisa Guthrie inserts this brief sentence:

The original Roots has its deficiencies. It hasn’t aged well at all; Burton admits that it feels “dated.” At times, it’s also overly sentimental and historically dubious. A handful of white characters diverge seriously from Haley’s novel, most conspicuously a benevolent slave-ship captain played by Ed Asner.

Here’s how this plays at the Drudge Report:

Credit where it’s due: Drudge knows his audience well.

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