HBO’s show announcement sparks Twitter campaign
HBO gives a response after objections toward its upcoming project fuels an entire campaign on Twitter.
An announcement was made almost two weeks ago, explaining that the drama “Confederate” imagines a country where the South successfully secedes from the Union during the Civil War and slavery is still practiced.
The concept for the upcoming drama comes from”Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman also executive produce.
Following the announcement, HBO has been receiving a great deal of controversy. A substantial amount of backlash comes from the creator of #OscarsSoWhite, April Reign, who’s efforts to rally against the show gained traction on Sunday night.
Reign pushed her #NoConfederate campaign on social media on Friday, with the intent of getting the network to cancel the series all together.
“The commodification of Black pain for the enjoyment of others must stop,” Reign told CNN in an e-mail Friday. “Earlier this month, there were protests about taking down Confederate monuments. The prison industrial complex is bursting with Black and brown people, disproportionate to the crimes committed. So, for some, Confederate is not ‘alternate history,’ but a painful and recent reminder of how much further we still need to go for true equality in this country.”
The hashtag latched on at a speedy rate, becoming a trending topic during Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones”.
As a result, HBO gave a responding statement.
“We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around ‘Confederate,'” HBO said in a statement to CNN. “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.”
Although taking the campaign’s argument into strong consideration, the network stated that they are still standing by the vision of the show’s creators.