20 Jul

So, the creators of Game of Thrones are producing an HBO series set in an alternate future where slavery still exists in the U.S.

David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who adapted “Game of Thrones” from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, will write and direct an original series called “Confederate,” HBO said on Wednesday.

The show is set in an alternative reality in a nation where slavery is still legal and southern U.S. states have seceded. HBO said the series “chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War.”

White folks fantasize about the Confederacy winning more than I fantasized about Janet Jackson during her bare midriff period. Also, none of these “what ifs” involve black people getting fed up and killing their asses by 1925. No, we’re all Song of the South in 2015 — tap dancing and shoe shining. That’s what they think of us. I want the “What If” movie where we went Zimbabwe on the U.S. and I’m living like Jay-Z while Donald Trump Jr trims my hedges and Ivanka is scrubbing my toilet seat with the toothbrush I make her bring from home


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2 responses to “Confederate…

  1. zralston

    August 1, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Not sure I’m down with this take, Stephen. First of all, the show hasn’t been made yet, so perhaps it’s a little early to savage it. Secondly, it’s by David Benioff, who wrote Spike Lee’s 25TH HOUR. Thirdly, not every show set in an alternate reality is a positive fantasy. THE HANDMAID’S TALE (which is crap, granted, but the point remains) is a dystopian show about the awful what-if of a world where women are enslaved baby-makers. The show makes it pretty clear this is bad. It’s not a stretch to imagine CONFEDERATE is similarly critical. Fourthly, there *is* a what-if that imagines black people getting fed up and killing some white asses. It’s called DJANGO UNCHAINED.

    • Stephen Robinson

      August 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      I suppose if Spike Lee himself who did it, I’d consider it, but I frankly don’t trust non-blacks to address the issue well (Maybe it’s the especially grumpy post-Trump me). That would include Tarantino with DJANGO UNCHAINED. THE HANDMAID’S TALE was at least made by a woman.


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