Hulu is doubling down on Hillary Clinton content with a new show that explores an alternate history in which she did not marry Bill Clinton.
The series, which is based on the book Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld, will depict what could have happened to Hillary herself and the country if she had made different choices. Perhaps Benghazi would have had better security and Russia would have less U.S. uranium.
Rodham marks Hulu’s second foray into Clinton’s life, after the streamer dropped glossy documentary Hillary in January of 2020. The four-part biopic was constructed from 35 hours of interviews with Clinton, dozens of interviews with supporters and lackeys, and over 2,000 hours of footage from her failed 2016 presidential campaign, but was criticized for lack of substance beyond a narrative that was most certainly sanctioned by Hillary herself.
Due to Clinton’s direct involvement with the film, the vast majority of Republicans refused to participate out of fear that their commentary would be edited. Newt Gingrich reportedly said that he’d “rather stick needles in (his) eye than do the interview.” It appears the right was correct to be leery about getting involved.
In the final cut, the documentary barely mentions any of the scandals that plagued either of the Clintons’ political careers. Monica Lewinsky was mentioned mainly to highlight Hillary’s courage and Bill’s regret. The director chose to leave out Bill’s other sex scandals, including his close connection with convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein, to make sure the documentary wouldn’t “become more about his story than hers.”
Apparently, that thought process extended to avoiding any mention of her role in Benghazi, the massive email dump, and the controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation.
Now Hulu wants to rewrite Hillary’s history without Bill, as if his diminished presence in her life would have left her less inclined to become entangled in ethically questionable quandaries. If you feel the need to indulge in fictionalized versions of the Clintons, look no further than the political vipers depicted Netflix’s House of Cards.