HBO has responded to a massive social media campaign regarding its upcoming modern day slave drama “Confederate”.
“Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as well as husband and wife writing duo Malcolm Spellman and Nichelle Tramble Spellman, are behind the ‘what if’ series set in an alternate timeline.
In it, the Southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The story chronicles the events leading to a Third American Civil War.
Since its announcement, the backlash to the project has been swift and vocal. Things really got hot over the weekend though when the #NoConfederate campaign reached No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 worldwide among Twitter’s trending topics during the East Coast broadcast of ‘Thrones’.
HBO has now responded to the outcry, saying:
“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.”
HBO programming president Casey Bloys defended the show when speaking with reporters last week and again urged viewers to reserve judgment until after seeing it.
The project has been picked up straight to series and won’t begin production until after Benioff and Weiss finish work on “Game of Thrones”.
Source: The Live Feed