#Oscarssowhite creator wants to stop HBO's Confederate: 'We are not going away'

#Oscarssowhite creator wants to stop HBO's Confederate: 'We are not going away'
From CBC - July 29, 2017

The instigator of the #oscarssowhite campaign is hoping to use her social media savvy for another cause: stopping HBO's Confederate before it even has a script.

April Reign, an American activist and former lawyer whose popular Oscars hashtagin 2015 and 2016 reneweddebate about the lack of diversity in Hollywood, is calling on the Twitterverse to express itsconcern over the upcoming series using #noconfederate.

Modern-day slavery legal in series

Confederate has sparked outrage since its premise was announced last week. The series, which does not have any scripts, character names or plot details yet, will takeplace in an alternate reality in which the American Civil War had a different outcome and slavery remains legal. It's set in the present day.

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

Co-writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who are behind the wildly popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, will take the lead for the new show, along withThe Good Wife's Nichelle Tramble Spellmanand Empire's Malcolm Spellman, who will work aswriters and executive producers.

'Judge the actual material,' says HBO

According to several media outlets, HBO addressed the controversy at a presentation during the Television Critics' Association in Los Angeles this week, saying the show's initial announcement in apress releasewas a "misguided" decision thatdid not consider the sensitivity of the issue nor offer enoughcontext.

"My hope is people will judge the actual material instead of what it could be or should be or might be," HBO programming president Casey Bloys said Wednesday.

Confederatedoes not have a release date yet, and is not scheduled to start production until Game of Thrones ends its final season in 2018 or 2019.

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