Cre­ators of new HBO series ad­dress fears it glo­ri­fies racism

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS NEW YORK —

No scripts have been writ­ten. But HBO’s an­nounce­ment on Wed­nes­day that the cre­ator-show-run­ners of “Game of Thrones” will fol­low up that mas­sive hit with an HBO series in which slav­ery re­mains le­gal in the Amer­i­can South drew fire on so­cial me­dia with some say­ing it glo­ri­fies racism.

“Con­fed­er­ate” will be pro­duced by “Game of Thrones” mas­ter­minds David Be­nioff and D.B. Weiss. Both are white.

HBO’s an­nounce­ment said the duo would team with hus­ban­dand-wife TV veter­ans Mal­colm Spell­man and Nichelle Tram­ble Spell­man, who both are black. The two will be fel­low ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers and writ­ers.

In an in­ter­view with Vul­ture, Mal­colm Spell­man says he and his wife “are not props be­ing used to pro­tect some­one else.”

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