HBO continues to defend 'Confederate' in light of Charlottesville, says suggestion of irresponsibility is "undeserved"
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HBO continues to defend 'Confederate' in light of Charlottesville, says suggestion of irresponsibility is "undeserved"

Even after a protester was killed and several injured after a white supremacist ran through a crowd of people in Charlottesville — and white supremacist rallies continue to pop up across the country — HBO still thinks their upcoming series, Confederate, is a good idea.

According to its official description, the series “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.”

In addition to Benioff and Weiss, two prominent black producers are on the team. Nichelle Spellman (Justified, The Good Wife) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire, and the upcoming Foxy Brown series on Hulu) are partnering with them as executive producers and writers on the series.

In a statement on Monday, HBO continued to defend the series.

“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.”

Meanwhile, the #NoConfederate campaign led by  ReBecca Theodore-Vachon, April Reign,  Lauren Warren, Shanelle Little and Jamie Broadnax continues to go strong with a bevy of support, so HBO should realize it’s not over yet.

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