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Here’s What David Weil, Creator of Prime Video’s Hunters, Has to Say About Uproar Over Human Chess Scene

By Binged Rashmi Paharia - February 26, 2020 @ 11:07 am

We had reported earlier that Hunters, Amazon Prime Video’s marquee show, had landed in a soup of its own making. Set in seventies America, the series is about a group of vigilantes that calls itself the Hunters. They hunt down and kill Nazis hiding in the USA, who are planning on establishing the Fourth Reich in the United States.

The Jews vs. Nazis show caused an uproar of sorts upon release when it came to the fore that the series depicted a fictional human chess game set in the Auschwitz Death Camp, where Nazi soldiers play a game of chess using their prisoners as the chess pieces. Whenever a piece falls, they execute a prisoner.

The Auschwitz Memorial conveyed its displeasure with the fictional game in the Amazon Prime series via a tweet that read, “Inventing a fake game of human chess for @huntersonprime is not only dangerous foolishness & caricature. It also welcomes future deniers.”

Hunters’ creator David Weil clarified his position via a statement to Deadline. This is what he had to say about the entire matter – “Why did I feel this scene was important to script and place in series? To most powerfully counteract the revisionist narrative that whitewashes Nazi perpetration, by showcasing the most extreme and representationally truthful sadism and violence that the Nazis perpetrated against the Jews and other victims.”

“And why did I feel the need to create a fictional event when there were so many real horrors that existed? After all, it is true that Nazis perpetrated widespread and extreme acts of sadism and torture and even incidents of cruel ‘games’ against their victims. I simply did not want to depict those specific, real acts of trauma.”

Hunters is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video in India and across the globe.

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