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#OscarsSoWhite Masterminds Create Incredible New Hashtag: #NoConfederate

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I’ve been taking a wait-and-see attitude toward HBO’s recently announced series Confederate, whose premise is an alternate history where the South won the Civil War. Right now, that’s all the show is: a premise. But it’s by the same people who do Game of Thrones, so I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s a controversial idea, but they’re thoughtful writers and I don’t want to judge it before they’ve even written a single script. Depicting an idea isn’t necessarily condoning it, and “What If?” alt-history stories are a mainstay of fantasy and science fiction. That’s what this is: fiction. It’s not real. It’s just a show.

This attitude is, of course, racist.

Fox News (of course!):

A social media campaign to derail HBO’s planned modern-day Southern slavery drama quickly caught fire, rapidly shooting to the top ranks of Twitter both nationally and internationally.

Amplifying earlier criticism of the project, the campaign, with “OscarsSoWhite” activist April Reign among its organizers, asked people to tweet to HBO with the hashtag “NoConfederate” during Sunday’s broadcast of the channel’s top hit “Game of Thrones…”

And it started trending, which apparently obliged HBO to say something about it:

“We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around ‘Confederate,’” HBO said in a statement. “We have faith that [the writing team of] Nichelle [Spellman], Dan [Weiss], David [Benioff] and Malcolm [Spellman] 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.”

Yeah, right! Don’t they know what year it is? Reserving judgment is the furthest thing from woke:

Yes, just imagine what they can achieve… two hashtags!

I seem to recall a lot of controversy when Quentin Tarantino announced Django Unchained. A lot of people accused him of making “slave porn.” Then the movie ended up being two hours and 45 minutes of Jamie Foxx killing all the racists. It was great. A lot of people jumped the (ahem) gun, and they were wrong. Maybe they’ll end up being right this time, but we won’t know until we see it.

And if they do end up being right… so what?

If you don’t want to watch Confederate, or any other TV show, here’s one weird trick: Find that little red button at the top of your remote control. Press that. See what happened? The TV just turned off! You’re no longer watching premium cable. You can go do something else with your abundant free time. You live in America, and you get to do that.

Try showing some appreciation. You’re welcome.