Thank you, but #NoConfederate

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Game of Thrones Producers Benioff & Weiss

The blokes behind Game of Thrones are producing a show that creatively imagines an alternative universe in which the Confederacy has won the Civil War.    There is no actual way they could handle this correctly because they don’t seem to acknowledge the fact that the Confederacy pretty much did win the war (its dream was the preservation of racial subjugation, and that dream has come true).

Prior to the #NoConfederate hashtag campaign (led by the nominally blessed April Reign), the producers paraded the fact that they had persons of color on board as if that makes everything okay  (it doesn’t):   “There won’t be dragons or White Walkers in this series, but we are creating a world, and we couldn’t imagine better partners in world-building than Nichelle and Malcolm, who have impressed us for a long time with their wit, their imagination and their Scrabble-playing skills.”

So many problems with this statement.  First of all, it’s a damn lie.   There will be dragons and white walkers in this series:   Dark people will be dragon barrels of cotton, and there will be white people, walking.   Second, isn’t that comment about “Nichelle and Malcolm” mildly condescending?   It sounds like they are talking about newly-educated house slaves?

The network’s response to yesterday’s  hashtag was no better, really:  “The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see.”

The point of all of this is that a lot of people actually don’t want there to be anything to see.    The point is to keep it in its infancy, I think.   The point is to kill your project, dummies, before it ever sees the light of day.

The producers think they are being proper, provocative  historians by asking a “What If” question, but this is a pointless question.

Here are a couple other  “What IF….?” Scenarios  that are more deserving of production.

  • What if Bernie Sanders had won the democratic nominee?
  • What if Orlando Bloom never met Miranda Kerr?   Might he still have a career?   Dignitas?  His watches?
  • What if people were less stupidly evil?
  • What if black actors could play roles other than effing slaves?
  • What if the producers of Game of Thrones stopped antagonizing black people with dumb ass “What IF” scenarios about Confederate victories?

 

Source:   The Hollywood Reporter 

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3 Replies to “Thank you, but #NoConfederate”

  1. It’s always an interesting concept to think about how things would have panned out if key events in history had happened differently but it does seem like very dangerous territory and there are so many factors to consider. How could you even begin to predict what today’s world will be like?

    Did you watch the Handmaid’s tale? I thought it was a very good ‘cautionary tale’ type of show that really got me thinking about how fragile society is.

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  2. I did not watch the Handmaid’s tale (I don’t have hulu), but I plan on watching it eventually.

    The Confederate show just sets off a visceral “no” from me. Like, don’t humanize Hitler and don’t ask black people to exist at the same time as a “You’re still slaves” show on HBO.

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  3. I really liked the Handmaid’s tale. I watched it over the course of 2 days. It was horrifying but engrossing. I spent days afterwards thinking about all the ways the comfortable little bubble I’ve always lived in could totally go to shit for all manner of reasons. It’s easy to feel safe and secure when it’s all you’ve ever known.

    I watched it on an Australian free to air service called SBS on demand. It will be geo blocked but if you have a VPN you could give it a crack.

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