HBO forced to respond to ‘No Confederate’ campaign to derail fictional slave drama

“Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are planning a modern-day Southern slavery drama based on the idea that the South was successful in seceding and slavery is legal.

But not so fast, say social justice warriors.

The project brings to mind the Amazon Original hit series, “The Man in the High Castle, an alternative history show based on the premise that Germany and Japan prevailed in World War Two.

Titled “Confederate,” the drama will feature black writer-producers Malcolm Spellman and Nichelle Tramble Spellman, who are husband and wife, and isn’t expected to start production for a year, Fox News reported.

Maybe.

A social media campaign to derail the planned drama, led in part by “OscarsSoWhite” activist April Reign, went viral on Sunday — Reign had no problem trumpeting their success.

Featuring the hashtag #NoConfederate, supporters were asked to tweet during Sunday’s showing of “Game of Thrones.”

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“It is curious that time and again, when people create alternate histories, they are largely replicating a history we already know, and intimately,” Roxane Gay said in a recent New York Times op-ed, according to Fox News. “They are replicating histories where whiteness thrives and people of color remain oppressed.”

Amid the backlash, HBO responded with a statement.

“We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around ‘Confederate,’” the premium cable network said. “We have faith that 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.”

The effort by the left to denounce the Confederate flag and statues of Confederate generals is a key component in advancing the myth of white privilege, as prescribed in critical race theory, and “Confederate” offers yet another opportunity to engage for those who perpetuate victimization for political gain.

And while Colin Moriarty may have it right:

…social justice warriors were all in, attacking white folks with abandon, suggesting that deep down, they’re little more than racists who secretly wish slavery still existed.

Hard to argue a stance like that… here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

https://twitter.com/EboniGipson_/status/891883494888140801

https://twitter.com/colectivovacio/status/891840045711273985

https://twitter.com/localblactivist/status/891837780870955008

https://twitter.com/MentalDanish/status/891875228267286528

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