During Sunday night’s ‘Game of Thrones’ episode, a hashtag campaign took place to protest the recently-announced ‘Confederate’ series created by GoT creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
— April (@ReignOfApril) July 28, 2017
April Reign, who is known for starting the #OscarsSoWhite campaign in 2015, is one of the organizers of the protest. She asked Twitter activists to tweet #NoConfederate to HBO during the East and West Coast broadcasts of Game of Thrones. The protest aims to urge HBO to scrap the idea. The hashtag became a worldwide trending topic during the East Coast broadcast.
Written by Benioff and Weiss, who also will showrun, as well as Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman, who are black, Confederate chronicles events leading to the Third American Civil War. It takes place in an alternate timeline, where the Southern states successfully have seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.
In regards to the protest, HBO released on a statement on Sunday, “We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate. 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.”
HBO might be making a mega mistake with this one.