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People Are Pretty Angry About The Game of Thrones Team's Next Show

Yesterday, HBO announced their newest, and very questionable new series: Confederate, a show written by two white men and set in an alternative future in which the South won the Civil War and slavery was never abolished. Here’s the official synopsis for this upcoming project from Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as released by HBO last night.

“Confederate 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.”

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…Mmm. Yup. Though the announcement was frontloaded with Benioff and Weiss, they will be partnering with two non-white executive producers: Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife), and Malcolm Spellman (Empire). Still, the Twitter response last night was swift and decisive, and leads you to wonder whether anyone involved had stopped to consider how this synopsis might play, in a political climate where the country is already regressing to Reagan-era levels of white male dominance.

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