HBO's "Confederate" show continues to face backlash.
When it was first announced that Game Of Thrones masterminds David Benioff and Dan Weiss would be following up the epic series with Confederate, the initial response was a general amalgamation of outrage and confusion. The Twitterverse was unsurprisingly vocal, barraging the network with countless messages of protestation and disapproval. Now, during Sunday night's airing of Game of Thrones, an online protest campaign organized by April Reign (known for pioneering the "OscarsSoWhite" movement) kicked off.
#NoConfederate was so unrelenting that HBO actually issued a statement, as provided by The Hollywood Reporter:
We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate. We have faith that [writers] Nichelle, Dan, David and Malcolm will approach the subject with care and sensitivity. The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see.
In case you missed it, Confederate is set to take place in an alternate history where the South won the Civil War, and slavery has become a modern institution. The bulk of the controversy stems from the network's chosen showrunners, as Benioff and Weiss are two white males. They have, however, partnered with two African American writers in Malcolm Spellman and Nichelle Tramble Spellman.
Check out a sample of some #NoConfederate tweets, and sound off below. Do you think this show has potential to transcend the controversial subject matter? Or is it doomed to crumble beneath the weight of of its own controverstial ambition?
If all of Hollywood's so called advocates actually cared about diversity- They'd hire more PoC and make them SHOWRUNNERS.#NoConfederate— Shanelle Little (@ShanelleLittle) July 31, 2017
If you find a piece of entertainment offensive, you have every right to be offended. But don't advocate for censorship. #NoConfederate— Allie-RX 🔟 (@AllieRX) July 31, 2017
Sure are a lot of white men angry that they might not get a chance to see a show where the south won & slavery still exists. #NoConfederate— G 🇺🇸 (@PoliticsWithG) July 31, 2017
A work of fiction might offend me? Then by all means, IT SHOULDN'T EXIST FOR ANYONE!— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) July 31, 2017
Burn some books and get it over with.#NoConfederate
Confederate doesn't present an alt- history, it's an excuse to use black pain for white entertainment and it's sickening. #NoConfederate— J.A. Goodsell (@JAGoodsell) July 31, 2017