“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.
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.
I want y’all to understand what we did. Five Black women announced on Friday that we would have #NoConfederate trending on Sunday at 9p.
— April (@ReignOfApril) July 31, 2017
Featuring the hashtag #NoConfederate, supporters were asked to tweet during Sunday’s showing of “Game of Thrones.”
“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:
A work of fiction might offend me? Then by all means, IT SHOULDN'T EXIST FOR ANYONE!
Burn some books and get it over with.#NoConfederate
— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) July 31, 2017
…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:
On 5/15/1916, an all-white jury convicted Jesse Washington of murdering a white woman. He was burned alive in front of 15K. #NoConfederate
— April (@ReignOfApril) July 31, 2017
#NoConfederate because the terror of white supremacy is a reality for POC. This shouldn't even have to be a hashtag in 2017.
— Jay Coles (@mrjaycoles) July 31, 2017
#NoConfederate bc the same people that say "let it go, and move forward" about slavery are the same ones that want this show
— Neysha (@NeyshaPlays) July 31, 2017
The Confederacy didn't actually lose: their statues still stand in the Southern US as an intentional symbol. #NoConfederate
— Chrysta Wilson (@ChrystaWilson) July 31, 2017
#NoConfederate because we're fighting 2 get confederate monuments taken down now…that's not a TV show, thats just news at 10!
— Keisha Renee (@Broadwaybandit5) July 31, 2017
Because Bree Newsome didn't climb up that flag pole to take down that flag for HBO to throw it back up. #NoConfederate
— Shanelle Little (@ShanelleLittle) July 31, 2017
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