HBO's 'Confederate' Producer: Trump Brought Back Racism

"I think people have got to stop pretending that slavery was something that happened and went away."

Earlier this week TruthRevolt reported on the new HBO series in the works by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: a modern-day alternate history in which the South succeeded in seceding from the United States in the Civil War, and slavery continues to be legal to the present time. Now the show's producers are already defending themselves against their fellow Progressives' charges of "whitesplaining" slavery, according to our friend Christian Toto at Hollywood In Toto.

Confederate creators Benioff and D.B. Weiss are white, and so naturally they're being hit with accusations that they shouldn’t be the ones shaping, or culturally appropriating, the narrative of slavery in the 21st century. Black feminist author Roxanne Gay, for example, called the situation “offensive.” The Daily Beast dubbed it “white nonsense” and spewed anti-white racism about Benioff and Weiss: "[T]his harebrained idea serves as yet another reminder that the imaginations of white men can be incredibly myopic."

Yes, Dante, Shakespeare, Dickens, and all other white men have such incredibly limited imaginations. White men are so pathetic.

In the face of the backlash, Toto reports that HBO quickly announced that a pair of black producers will be assisting in the show’s production. (Presumably these producers were never slaves themselves, so it's unclear how they could have any more personal insight into slavery than the Jewish Bennioff and Weiss, whose people also endured terrible slavery, but I digress). In an interview with Vulture.com, all four men (what, no women of color?!) were quick to reassure their leftist compatriots that the show will be acceptably anti-Trump. Executive producer Malcolm Spellman, for example, laid out all the race cards:

What people need to recognize is, and it makes me really want to get into the show: The sh** is alive and real today. I think people have got to stop pretending that slavery was something that happened and went away. The sh** is affecting people in the present day. And it’s easy for folks to hide from it, because sometimes you’re not able to map it out, especially with how insidious racism has become.

But everyone knows that with Trump coming into power, a bunch of sh** that had always been there got resurfaced. So the idea that this would be pornography goes back to people imagining whips and plantations. What they need to be imagining is how f***ed up things are today, and a story that allows us to now dramatize it in a more tangible matter.

As Toto notes, the show's alt-history premise is "absurd," since slavery could not possibly have flourished in America into the present while the rest of Western civilization rejected it. The Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, by contrast, presents a credible alternate universe in which the Axis powers won World War II.

No matter. Confederate will tap into the raging racial discontent in America that Barack Obama exacerbated long before Donald Trump appeared as a presidential candidate, so brace yourselves for endless media commentary on how "relevent" and "timely" the series is in the era of Trump.

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