David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
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Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have another show up their sleeves. Although the series - titled Confederate - has been given the green light from HBO, the Twitterverse was not happy Sunday night during the GoT broadcast. Why? Because the show depicts a world in which slavery is still legal.
April Reign, who is known for starting the #OscarsSoWhite campaign in 2015, is one of the organizers of the protest. She asked Twitter activists to tweet #NoConfederate to HBO during the East and West Coast broadcasts of Game of Thrones. The protest aims to urge HBO to scrap the idea. The hashtag became a worldwide trending topic during the East Coast broadcast.
HBO issued a statement Sunday night saying, “We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate...The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see.”
"Confederate chronicles events leading to the Third American Civil War. It takes place in an alternate timeline, where the Southern states successfully have seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution." - Deadline