As if Confederate flags and monuments weren’t egregious enough, in 2017, HBO greenlit an entire series called “Confederate.” Executive produced by the team behind “Game of Thrones,” it would depict the fictional Third American Civil War and a country “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,” according to a 2017 announcement. In response, the hashtag #NoConfederate rose up as a digital rallying cry against the idea.
Folks can now exhale because HBO has decided not to produce the show, TV Line reported on January 15. The reported reason is that executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, both of whom are White men, are consumed with the demands of their nine-figure overall deal with Netflix, leaving no time to create a sprawling one-hour series in which the South rewrites history.
Twitter, not surprisingly, is taking its share of credit for the demise of “Confederate”: