Unlike "Game of Thrones," people don't seem to be down with this fictional world.
The minds behind the “Game of Thrones” TV series have set their sights on a new fictional time and place — but this time, people aren’t having it.
Since its announcement last night, the premium cable network has faced criticism for the upcoming drama “Confederate,” made by “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
The new show is set in an alternate reality where the Southern Confederacy won the Civil War. In this world, the South successfully separated from the U.S., and never abolished slavery. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Confederate chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. 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.”
People were quick to criticize the premise on Twitter, largely because they see it as validating Confederate ideology:
I don't care if it is done tastefully as possible.
The VERY premise is DISGUSTING.
Who are you pandering to?
— Unfazed (@unfazed_post) July 19, 2017
That HBO is willing to greenlight Confederate fanfic because it's the GoT guys says something about prestige TV, and I don't think it's good
— Antoine Linguine (@aklingus) July 19, 2017
Others took issue with the fact that white people are behind a show dealing with slavery, and therefore may not have the sensitivity necessary to grapple with such a subject:
Two white guys making a show where black slavery features prominently. This is profoundly tone deaf.
— Logan Rapp (@Loganchance) July 19, 2017
Still others expressed incredulity that a show about the C