A campaign organized by April Reign, creator of the #OscarsSoWhite outcry, in which viewers were urged viewers tweet #NoConfederate during Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones has caused quite a stir on the online platform.
— April (@ReignOfApril) July 28, 2017
This was done in a bid to send a message to the cabler that their subscribers don’t want to see a show that explores slavery in any sense. By the end of Game of Thrones’ East Coast broadcast, #NoConfederate had reached No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 worldwide among Twitter’s trending topics.
Confederate chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War and takes place in an alternate timeline where 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 follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone — freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.
But HBO said in a statement: “We hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see.”
The broadcaster said the project is still “in its infancy”.
Its statement said: “We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate. We have faith that [writers] Nichelle [Tramble Spellman], Dan [Weiss], David [Benioff] and Malcolm [Spellman] will approach the subject with care and sensitivity.
There has been criticism since the plans were announced earlier this year, with some arguing such a show shouldn’t be made at all and others criticising the fact that it is being produced by two white men.