CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Column: ‘Bridgerton’s’ racial utopia on Netflix vs. the reality of Britain’s imperialism
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Release date: 28/3/2022
Column: ‘Bridgerton’s’ racial utopia on Netflix vs. the reality of Britain’s imperialism
But there’s something about Regency England that has people in its thrall. Maybe it’s because “Britain kept its legal discrimination at a sufficient distance from the mother country, so that the practice was unseen and, therefore, somehow not registered,” as Gary Younge, a professor of sociology at the University of Manchester, noted recently. I think that might be key to all of this, and I wonder if a show like “Bridgerton” would be as popular were it transposed across the pond and forward a couple decades to America’s antebellum period — a swirl of plantations and Southern belles, minus any acknowledgment of whose labor made it all possible. I mean, I basically just described your typical wedding that takes place on those grounds today.