So this horrific thing was made in 2000. Here is how they initially tried to market it:
For them what don’t know, Sally Hemings was one of Jefferson’s slaves. Sally Hemings was enslaved by her own father to serve her own sister, who married Jefferson and then died. When she was 14 and he was 44, she was then was forced into a sexual relationship with him, her brother-in-law, because she reportedly bore a strong resemblance to his deceased wife. This master/slave rape “relationship” produced children who were enslaved to their father/uncle. Despite the sappy “freed by love” stuff, she was never freed by Jefferson, though her children were and she was oh-so-graciously allowed to live with them after his death. His exploitation of her lasted for 38 years.
There was a time (let’s say 22 years ago) when a legion of writers, producers, actors, and directors could look at such source material and somehow convince themselves, “That right there is one hell of a love story! Let’s greenlight, film, edit, and release this and expect to make a fortune off of it! Everybody will love this story!”
And so this film was actually made (some of my readers didn’t believe it and had to go look it up to see for sure it was not some kind of sick satire). No. It’s real and you can rent it for 10 bucks on Amazon where you can read terrifying reviews like, “My students loved it!” (And the MAGA dolts wonder why anybody advocates Critical Race Theory.)
Meanwhile, however, the culture has changed rather sharply (in non-MAGA regions, including Hollywood). As a result, this Hallmark Channel Marketing campaign has been deep-sixed and the film has been retitled:
It’s the same thing as before. But now, instead of calling it JEFFERSON: AMERICAN RAPIST or some other more honest title, the creators of the film can market it for “scandal” (and link the word to her name, not his) instead of Hallmark moosh and still make money off the misbegotten project.
Star-spangled capitalism: white washing centuries of grave evil–for centuries!