Published On: Tue, Aug 1st, 2017

Game Of Thrones creators under fire on Twitter

HBO has urged people to “reserve judgement” after an online protest against a planned slavery drama from Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D B Weiss.

The two producers have announced their new show Confederate will take place in alternate reality “where southern states have successfully seceded from the Union” and slavery remains legal.

The news has sparked a backlash from social rights activists and social media users, who accuse the network of “exploiting black pain”.

During Sunday night’s episode of Game Of Thrones, the hashtag #NoConfederate trended on Twitter, with fans of the show threatening to boycott the network if the show goes ahead.

“I don’t want to see the casual violence, torture porn and gratuitous rape from GoT inflicted on black characters and bodies,” wrote one user.

“I will cancel my HBO subscription if you go ahead with the wildly offensive Confederate,” threatened another.

The trend was created by #OscarsSoWhite social media activist April Reign, who asked followers to “stand with us” in boycotting the show.

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In response, HBO issued a statement saying: “We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate”.

“We have faith that Nichelle, Dan, David, and Malcolm will approach the subject with care and sensitivity,” the network said.

“The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgement until there is something to see.”

Last week, Benioff and Weiss also addressed the issue in an interview with Vulture magazine, explaining where the idea for the show had come from.

“It’s an ugly and a painful history,” Weiss said.

“But we all think this is a reason to talk about it, not a reason to run from it. And this feels like a potentially valuable way to talk about it.”

After Sunday’s GoT episode, Reign tweeted a victory message, stating the hashtag to boycott the new show had “trended #1 nationwide and #2 worldwide for most of the hour”.

“If we can get #NoConfederate trending worldwide at a specific time w/ just 3 days’ notice,” she said.

“Imagine what we can do with more time.”

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