“widespread excitement”?? If by “excitement” you mean “incredulity” then yeah.
This is peak race-baiting pandering. “Yeah I know it never happened but you only don’t approve because you’re racist”.
How about you tell me precisely what is achieved by portraying something that never actually happened??
Can I make a drama from the perspective of a white bloke in the Malcolm X story, whereby I have Malcolm X played by a white actor? Surely won’t have any issue with that, will you….?