HBO Says It Has ‘Great Respect’ for #NoConfederate But Isn’t Backing Down from Series

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David Benioff (left) and D.B. Weiss are in the early stages of creating ‘Confederate,’ which April Reign is speaking out against. (Chris Pizzello /Invision/AP, File/@ReignOfApirl/Twitter)

Despite a No. 1-trending conversation about the problems with HBO’s series about slavery in modern-day America, executives are still pushing ahead with the show.

“We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around ‘Confederate,'” the premium cable network said in a statement to various entertainment industry outlets Sunday, July 30. “We have faith that [writers] Nichelle [Tramble Spellman], Dan [Weiss], David [Benioff] and Malcolm [Spellman] will approach the subject with care and sensitivity. The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see.”

April Reign, who also launched #OscarsSoWhite, urged Twitter users on Friday to express their displeasure about “Confederate,” during Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” which is co-created by Weiss and Benioff. Their new show centers on a modern-day America where slavery is still legal because a third Civil War resulted in the South seceding from the Union.

“Our goal is to have the show ‘Confederate’ not see the light of day,” Reign told CBS This Morning Monday. “That’s the bottom line.”

“The commodification of Black pain for the enjoyment of others must stop,” Reign told CBC News, Saturday, July 29. “The prison industrial complex is bursting with Black and brown people, disproportionate to the crimes committed. So, for some, Confederate is not alternate history, but a painful and recent reminder of how much further we still need to go toward equality.”

Twitter users readily answered Reign’s call by pondering an America where Black oppression never existed.

Others slammed the fact that such a plot is even being entertained.

Many spoke about the pain Black Americans have endured in the centuries since slavery was abolished.

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