Backlash Intensifying to ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators New ‘Confederate’ Series
Show to imagine slavery as a modern-day American institution in alternate reality.
As RealClearLife reported yesterday, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the brains behind HBO’s mega-hit Game of Thrones are said to be preparing production on their post-GoT show, Confederate, which tells an alternate-history tale of a third U.S. Civil War, where southern states successfully seceded and slavery is still legal.
But that hasn’t gone over so well with fans on social media. Here is a taste of a few tweets:
“Have you ever thought what life would be like if the South had won?”
*looks at all the Confederate flags north of the Mason-Dixon*
— Spicey Bushes. (@thewayoftheid) July 19, 2017
Dear @HBO, if you want to spend millions on a show about slavery, pick up @UndergroundWGN. Not this #Confederate shit. Signed,ALL the Blacks
— Kellee Terrell (@kelleent) July 19, 2017
Every pop culture writer I know, upon being asked about HBO’s Confederate. pic.twitter.com/Pa5MeMe4eK
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) July 19, 2017
As USA Today rightly notes, this isn’t the first time a TV show has faced negative press for its content. Amazon received flack for its alternate-history show, The Man in the High Castle, in which the Allied Powers didn’t win World War II and Nazis abound.
In an interview with Vulture, Benioff responded to the outcry, saying, “I guess that’s what was a little bit surprising about some of the outrage. It’s just a little premature. You know, we might f— it up. But we haven’t yet.”
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