Twitter action against new HBO series about modern-day slavery
During the broadcasts of the wildly popular fantasyserie Game of Thrones, in different time zones in the US, Sunday night on Twitter protested against the new HBO series Confederate.
The protest was organised by activist April Reign, who had the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite started to draw attention to the lack of nominations for African-Americans and other minorities at the Academy Awards.
Reign called the televisiepubliek earlier this weekend during the broadcast of the flagship of the channel to HBO to tweet with the hashtag #NoConfederate.
Confederate takes place in an alternative universe, where the south of the USA the American civil War has not lost and slavery is still legal, and in modern life is applied.
That idea has met with much resistance within the African-American community, which finds that slavery is not the basis of entertainment.
@HBO @ShanelleLittle @JamieBroadnax @FilmFatale_NYC @iamlaurenp We are now #2 WORLDWIDE!! Y’all stop talking about… https://t.co/uVnWucfyRz
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01:39 – 31 July 2017
“The commercialization of black suffering for the entertainment of others, you should definitely stop,” said Reign at CNN. “For some people the Confederate are no ‘alternate universe’, but a painful reference to how far we still have to go until we get real equality in this country.”
HBO showed Sunday, in a statement to know to have an understanding of the controversy, but that the creators of the series the subject with “care and sensitivity” will approach. “The project is still in its early stages, so we hope that people their opinion can suspend until there is something to see.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter was #NoConfederate already during the first episode of Game of Thrones, those on the east coast of the country, at the top of Twitters Trending Topic list in the US. Global was the second most frequently discussed topic.