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HBO Responds to #NoConfederate Campaign During 'Game of Thrones'

HBO Responds to #NoConfederate Campaign During 'Game of Thrones'

During Sunday (July 30)’s episode on Game of Thrones, fans may have noticed that the hashtag #NoConfederate was trending throughout the entire night.

So why was it trending?

Outspoken activist April Reign created the hashtag as a response to GoT creators’ upcoming new show, Confederate.

The upcoming drama from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War and 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,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate. We have faith that [writers] Nichelle, Dan, David and Malcolm 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,” HBO said in a statement released on Sunday night.

April also started the #OscarsSoWhite campaign back in 2016.

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  • Koos

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  • DEADP00L

    Many Hollywood actors ancestors comes from slave owners. So pay the descendants of slaves reparations if you insist on making money off of their ancestors misery like your predecessors. Fact or fictional. Their agony is not entertainment and if Hollywood insists on making money off of slavery; which is EXACTLY what they are doing… every productions profits should be given to descendants of slaves.

    Every gross, every dime – straight to the families of slaves. Then you can produce, direct, write all you want in any way you want, but you don’t get a dime. You do that work FOR FREE. Complete and poetic role reversal.

  • Max

    I don’t understand why people like this April don’t see, that their actions hurt their cause why more than they help.
    Bad things happened to people all over the world, during the two world wars, what happened to the Jews in Germany and so on. BUT you see movies about it. Great movies, which actually educate and transport emotions. They make people understand how other people feel. that is a good thing. Protesting a project that hasn’t even started yet on the other hand, will give the impression it’s just “another black thing to complain about”. It will further divide the groups. Nobody will understand anyone. Hate follows. It should be an activists first concern to help people understand other people. Focusing on what went wrong in the past should be priority. It will be a show with historical background, like so many other shows and movies. I think it’s time to stop protesting and start thinking.

  • Max

    and can you tell me, why people who had nothing to do with those crimes have to pay other people, who have nothing to do with those crimes either, money? just because their great-great-great-gandparents were enemies? you can’t judge a person for his father’s sins.

  • Tania Alvarez-Hildebrand

    With all due respect to both your opinion and your right to express it, that statement up there ranks amongst the most ridiculous I’ve ever read. Although Hollywood IS out to make money, without productions like this one and others like it, cataloguing and recounting the hardships endured during a very decisive time in US history (as well as the world), most people would not know about events that helped shape our nation (I don’t kid myself, school education is going down a crap shoot). Embellished or not, trying to erase history by pretending it didn’t happen will only hurt more in the end. It’s easy to repeat what is forgotten and truth be told, people of all races in our current lifetime, are not owed anything by anyone. The sins committed against their ancestors are not theirs to collect upon. We all do what we can with the time given to us in this Earth and it’s up to each of us to not forget, NEVER forget, the fires of hatred and ignorance that helped build the times we have to live now so that it can be stopped from happening again. If Hollywood, with its story-telling helps that, then so be it.

  • TaraTeller

    what a ridiculous statement. families of slaves suffered NOTHING…they weren’t slaves. enough with this reparation nonsense.

  • DEADP00L

    Who are you to dictate suffering?

  • TaraTeller

    A sensible human being. What pain does it give someone if their great great grandma was a slave? I’m Armenian and my grand parents survived the genocide but I don’t expect anything from the Turks or anyone who makes a movie about it.

  • DEADP00L

    You think warfare is equivalent to slavery? You need to go visit a black history museum. Get educated.

  • TaraTeller

    Excuse me but the Armenian Genocide was not warfare. They marched the Armenians for miles and miles until they died or collapsed. My great great grandmother’s baby died in her arms. Hitler got his idea for exterminating the Jews from the Turks. he said, “Who remembers the Armenians”? You go get educated. Blacks haven’t been slaves for how long? Enough already.

  • cyberfunk77

    I see ignorance reigns supreme in this comments section. Genocide and slavery are two separate things. One cannot and should not be compared to the other in my opinion. To make an argument to an African or African American from the point of view of the Armenian Genocide is disrespectful to the Armenians who were killed and their descendants and to the Slaves that lived and died here in the U.S. and abroad and their descendants. In the U.S.A we live in a country that was and will always be shaped by slavery and the events following the civil war. Your lack of understanding of the African American perspective is obvious. It is the same kind of ignorance and lack of understanding shared by people who say the Armenian genocide never happened. Education and empathy are the solution in my opinion. The more we discuss and share our experience the more the cloud of ignorance is lifted.

  • TaraTeller

    I am not ignorant and will not stand for your insults. This country is shaped by far more than slavery.

  • cyberfunk77

    To quote you “What a ridiculous statement. families of slaves suffered NOTHING…they weren’t slaves. enough with this reparation nonsense.”

    If you think that the descendants of slaves suffered (and continue to suffer in certain cases) NOTHING then you are blinding yourself to the truth and need to educate yourself if you want to have a dialogue.

    I know very little about the Armenian genocide but I have close friends who are Armenian so when they share their families stories I listen. What I don’t do is say “Your story is ridiculous! Give up this talk about the Armenian genocide. It probably never happened and you suffer NOTHING as a result of it so enough with all this nonsense!”

    That would be disrespectful and ignore the truths of their shared history and experience. Don’t do that…

  • DEADP00L

    It was WORLD WAR ONE! Do you dare play that BS and even TRY to dilute that Armenians were rightfully RESISTING OCCUPATION.

    How are you remotely Armenian and so clueless?!

  • DEADP00L

    They dont help because they have NEVER told the stories and they make money regardless. If they actually cared they donate their profits and they never have. Slavery is just another profit margin to them, just like terrorism. They dont care who they dehumanize and who they cheapen; so long as their pockets dont get lighter.

  • DEADP00L

    I can very much if he or she decide to PLAY THE ROLE of a slavery and make money off of their portrayal.

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  • TaraTeller

    I worded it wrong. Shoot me. I am 100% Armenian. one of my grandmothers was a child on the mountain where the Armenians fought and were rescued by the French. The Armenians were were not fighting the Turks just like the Jews were not fighting the Germans in WWII.

  • DEADP00L

    They WERE fighting! Why do you think Hitler hated Jews? He BLAMED THEM for Germany losing in WW1! Why do you think WW2 happened?! My God… Jewish resistance is a historical record in of itself… and you denying Armenians fought against occupation while claiming to be one is utterly disgraceful. What other histories are you totally illiterate to? Should close down whatever school ‘taught’ you.

    You don’t know your own history…

  • TaraTeller

    Everything you wrote is completely untrue. You are a total moron. I know full well Armenians fought back. Remember all my grandparents were there, you idiot. Bitter troll. You probably spend all day fighting with people on social media. Go eff yourself.

  • TaraTeller

    I know way more than you about Armenians. You also need to learn how to read.

  • DEADP00L

    Says the illiterate who dared to accuse Jews of never fighting.

  • DEADP00L

    I call BS on all counts. Nobody as clueless as you would have posted what you did then tried to make it personal.