‘Confederate’ protest to rev up
The organizers of a social media protest aimed at HBO’s “Confederate,” a proposed show that has sparked intense scrutiny about how it will imagine slavery in a modern context, plan to keep up the pressure during this Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thones.”
“Confederate” is being developed by “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who are white. The pair invited husband and wife writer-producers Malcolm Spellman and Nichelle Tramble Spellman, who are black, to join the creative team for the show.
April Reign, the activist behind #OscarsSoWhite, told The Times on Wednesday morning she is continuing the protest that began on Sunday. She is again asking “Game of Thrones” viewers to tweet @hbo using the hashtag #NoConfederate during the 9 p.m. East Coast and West Coast broadcasts of “Game of Thrones.”
Reign has said she wants HBO to abandon its plans for the show because of its slavery story line.