HBO pushes forward on Confederate in latest statement

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Aug 15, 2017

The real-life events of the past weekend, in which self-described Nazis and white supremacists marched through Charlottesville, Virginia with torches shouting Nazi slogans, raising their arms in the salute, and one even running their car into a group of counterprotesters, tragically killing a young woman, has brought new attention to the "#NoConfederate" campaign expressing fans' desire to see HBO axe the in-development series Confederate. The hashtag on Twitter has thousands of uses, has trended multiple times, and saw a surge after the events in Charlottesville.

HBO released a statement to the New York Times, however, insisting that they still plan to move forward on the series, and echoing their previous statements that the show shouldn't be judged until it's been actually made and seen.

“We support everybody’s right to express an opinion but the suggestion of irresponsibility on our part is simply undeserved. HBO has a long history of championing intelligent storytelling and we will approach this project with the same level of thoughtfulness that has always defined our programming. We recognize the sensitivity of this project and will treat it with the respect that it deserves. Our creative partners should be given time to develop the series rather than face prejudgment.”

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are joined by African-American EPs Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman on Confederate, a greenlit alternate history series in which the Confederate States of America won their secession from the United States in the Civil War, leading to a nation where slavery is still legal in modern times. Those protesting the series point to events like those in Charlottesville, which was ostensibly to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, as an example of this not being so much an alternate history as being something people are still dealing with in the present.

Confederate will not go into production until Game of Thrones is wrapped, meaning it's still likely two years out from ever airing.

HBO is also still dealing with a hack that has seen multiple episodes of various shows and sensitive date released online, and arrests were made in a separate leak of an episode of Game of Thrones.

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