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People Aren’t Being Very Civil About ‘Confederate,’ HBO’s New Show

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Yesterday HBO announced a new drama series from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the guys who write and produce Game of Thrones. The show will be called Confederate, and here’s how HBO describes it:

The series 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.

And then everybody said, “Huh. Well, that could be an interesting show, I guess. Those guys have done a good job on GoT, so we’ll see how this one turns out.”

Just kidding! People are worried and angry about this very problematic development, because it’s 2017 and that’s what we do. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN Money:

…On social media, backlash to the idea began almost immediately, with many objectors decrying what they said was the potentially harmful nature of the premise, considering the divisions that already exist in American politics…

Here’s some of the reaction so far:

(Never trust anybody who tells you to give anything a chance. They are collaborators.)

And so forth.

I realize that as a white man, my opinion on the matter is meaningless, but I’m curious to see how this turns out. It might seem like these guys are making a big leap from dragons and swords to something like this, but GoT has always gotten the human element right. It’s about power, and the things people will do to get it and hang onto it. It’s about moral and ethical compromises. It’s about corruption and vengeance and war and all sorts of other stuff that mankind can’t seem to transcend. For a show with ice-zombies and flying monsters and whatnot, it’s very psychologically realistic. I’m interested to see what these same writers do with a much different premise.

And I’m pretty sure they’re going to depict slavery as a bad thing. Which it is. Sorry to disappoint my alt-right friends yet again, but yes, slavery is wrong.

Then again, Benioff and Weiss are both white. Therefore, they’re either racists or too blinded by white privilege to understand what is and isn’t racist. So that could present a problem.

Even if the show sucks, it couldn’t be worse than The Man in the High Castle. That show started off strong, but then… ugh. Just read the book instead. It’s amazing.