by G. Brown
HBO is usually lauded for its creatively ground breaking, superbly written and executed shows. But its latest project just announced already has the twittersphere hurling cries of racism.
HBO announced on Wednesday its new alternate historical drama series called “Confederate”. The show takes place in a reality where the south successfully seceded from Union and the description says, “giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.”
HBO tapped its dynamic duo of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to helm this new project. Benioff and Weiss (known as D&D) have been the creative forces behind HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones” which premiered its 7th season to an audience of more than 16 million viewers.
“GoT” and HBO have take George R R Martin’s novels (A Song of Ice and Fire) from beloved books and turned them into a worldwide obsession with a fantasy world of dragons, dire wolves, Starks and Lannisters. D & D have made a created language of High Valyrian the common language of its fandom who often repeat and retweet catch phrases like “Winter is Coming” and “Valar Morghulis”. While the show runners have become as famous as Jon Snow and Khaleesi for making its audience believe in White Walkers and dragon glass, getting an audience to sign on for a tale of a much maligned piece of American history where Blacks are enslaved just doesn’t scream family entertainment. Judging from some twitter reactions, HBO may want to cancel this show idea before it even starts…
HBO is said to be bringing some diverse and accomplished on board to pen this new show, but it’s hard to imagine if you hired every Black person who has ever lived to the table to write on this project that it would something most Blacks want to watch.
And what is with this TV infatuation with slavery? It’s hard to romanticize a time when a group of people where considered the property of others and treated worse than animals. Women and girls raped, men and boys beaten and mutilated—how is this the premise of a good show?
“Confederate” doesn’t sound like entertaining TV. If I want to see a bunch of minorities oppressed and being treated badly, I can just turn on the news. Bad idea HBO…to put it in language you can understand let me paraphrase a “Game of Thrones” catchphrase Valar Morghulis…all bad show ideas must die.