The takes are already rolling in on Confederate , a forthcoming HBO series from the showrunners of Game of Thrones , David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — but all you really need to know is that this present resounds stupid as inferno.
Game of Thrones , based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire serial of romances, is massively favourite and this season’s premiere boasted the show’s highest ratings ever, so it was inevitable that HBO would greenlight whatever Benioff and Weiss wanted to oblige next. But Confederate is not the move. The assertion? What if the South won the Civil War and … slavery still lied ?! This is white nonsense.
HBO announced Confederate today and the following description:” CONFEDERATE recounts the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The serial takes sit in an alternate timeline, where the countries of the south moods has been successful in seceded from the Union, causing rise to a nation in which bondage stands legal and has evolved into a modern society. The story follows a wide-ranging swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone — freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, correspondents, the executive heads of a slave-holding corporation and the families of beings in their thrall .”
Even if we ignore the fact that this sounds a hell of a lot like the current — Klan membership and hate crimes in America are on the rise, the prison industrial complex is basically the government’s substitute for slavery, and Bo, Luke, and Daisy Duke are far from the only ones repping the Confederate flag — white people “ve been wanting to” reckon a nature where” the Confederacy prevailed .” It’s been the subject of countless bits of myth, from If the South Had Won the Civil War to The Confederate Position of America . But Americans just know fairly about what actually happened during bondage as is, so how about HBO really pick up the canceled series Underground instead of this?
Then there’s the fact that pretty much the only black people in Game of Thrones are slaves and Benioff and Weiss < em> truly like writing bad rape places. Do we need another evidence from them where the black people are slaves and the risk of being rape from slaveowners is ever-present?
One positive tone regarding the streak is that pitch-black scribes Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman will likewise serve as ministerial both producers and columnists on the serial, and Game of Thrones is indeed a indicate I look forward to each week. But this harebrained project performs as yet another reminder that the imaginations of lily-white males can be incredibly myopic. On their feeling for the serial, Benioff and Weiss pronounced:” We have discussed Confederate for years, originally as a idea for a feature film. But our experience on Thrones has convinced us that no one specifies a bigger, better storytelling canvas than HBO. There won’t be dragons or White Hiker in this succession, but we are creating a world-wide, and we couldn’t imagine better partners in world-building than Nichelle and Malcolm, who have impressed us for a long time with their ingenuity, their ingenuity and their Scrabble-playing abilities .”
You know who you are Black Panther is receiving such an overwhelmingly positive response? Because it adopts the concept of Afrofuturism — guessing black people in futuristic or sci-fi world-wides that heavily incorporate a number of aspects of black culture into the fiction. Fantasy and sci-fi movies, television appearances, and stories tend to aspect overwhelmingly white sheds of people, e.g. Star Wars , Star Trek , and the upcoming Valerian and Blade Runner 2049 . It’s hard enough meeting studios and networks that care about representing human pitch-black people in a non-sci-fi line. But for sci-fi and fantasy, it’s next to inconceivable. HBO can imagine robots and dragons but it struggles to see black people who aren’t slaves? I make damn, we finally had an Oscars ceremony where a pitch-black film acquired Best Picture (< em> Moonlight ) without having slaves or maids in it. But I approximate HBO’s noses are still fixated on 12 Years a Slave .
At a recent Paley Center conversation with Insecure make Issa Rae and HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys, Rae pulped Bloys on whether or not her streak was the beginning of a brand-new diversification initiative for HBO. Insecure poses a revolutionary step forward for the network in how it illustrates the lives of pitch-black women and men, and the network — with its affluence of available resources — provides an opportunity to once again shape the television landscape the route they did with Sex and the City and The Sopranos . Instead, their next large-scale succession is Confederate .
If that’s the future of television, keep it.