Controversial HBO Series ‘Confederate’ In Limbo After David Benioff & D.B. Weiss’ Commit To New ‘Star Wars’ Movies


Disney just announced that Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films after the wrap their Emmy-winning HBO series.
The news of the high-profile assignment immediately raised serious questions about the fate of Confederate, which was supposed to be their followup project to GOT, with production set to “begin following the final season of Game Of Thrones“.
That is when Benioff and Weiss will now embark on…

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HBO CEO Richard Plepler On ‘Confederate’ Backlash: “We Screwed Up”


Back in July, HBO announced the new drama series Confederate from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss – and a huge backlash immediately followed. Speaking at the Vanity Fair summit on Tuesday, HBO CEO Richard Plepler said of the press release announcement, “We screwed up in an important way.”
With Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman, who are black, writing alongside Benioff and Weiss, Confederate apparently will depict a third American Civil War…

Another Problem for HBO’s ‘Confederate’: It’s Been Done


HBO’s upcoming series “Confederate,” about an America in which the South won the Civil War, has battled criticism almost since the moment the creators of “Game of Thrones” announced it as their next project for the network. But one obstacle has gone largely unnoticed: It’s been done.

The excellent 2004 indie drama “C.S.A.: Confederate States of America” presents itself as an alternate-reality documentary that recounts how the Union lost and white supremacists took over the United States. It has a depressing punchline: Our country might not be all that different than it is now. (You can watch it on Hulu, among other places.)

“C.S.A.” writer-director Kevin Willmott recently told his local paper, the Kansas City Star: “All I can say is executive producer of my film, ‘C.S.A.: Confederate States of America,’ Spike Lee, and I will be speaking with our big time lawyer. No further comment.”

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Willmott did not immediately return an email for comment from TheWrap. Neither did HBO. Willmott, who is African American, also collaborated with Lee on 2015’s “Chi-Raq.”

Critics of “Confederate” have questioned whether its two white male creators — “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — can responsibly tell the story of a slave-ocracy. Benioff and Weiss are working with two African-American executive producers, Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman.

The criticisms of “Confederate” break down largely along racial lines, with white critics and creatives, Judd Apatow among them, more inclined to argue that Weiss, Benioff and the Spellmans shouldn’t be pre-judged on a project that no one has yet seen.

Those who have taken aim at “Confederate” include such influential African-American writers as Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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In a recent essay for The Atlantic titled “Don’t Give HBO’s ‘Confederate’ the Benefit of the Doubt,” Coates rejected the notion that anyone could write speculative fiction about what the world might be like if the Confederates had won — because, he argued, their notions of white supremacy managed to infiltrate mainstream American culture. He wrote:

African Americans do not need science-fiction, or really any fiction, to tell them that that “history is still with us.” It’s right outside our door. It’s in our politics. It’s on our networks. And ‘Confederate’ is not immune. The show’s very operating premise, the fact that it roots itself in a long white tradition of imagining away emancipation, leaves one wondering how “lost” the Lost Cause really was.

That question is as horrifically relevant as ever the week after the president of the United States was accused of defending racists who protested the removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, and just days after thousands in Boston turned out to shut down other advocates of white supremacy.

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The awful, lingering influence of the Confederacy may even be more clear today than it was when Willmott made his film more than a decade ago.

“Confederate” may be years away, if it ever airs at all. TV projects don’t always come to fruition, and each Sunday during “Game of Thrones,” Twitter skirmishes break out between the #NoConfederate and #YesConfederate factions.

But fortunately, none of us have to wait to see whether two white men can address the Confederate question thoughtfully.

A black man already did.

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Jefferson Davis Memorial in Arizona Was Literally Tarred and Feathered (Photo)


The debate over whether or not Confederate Monuments should stay up or be torn down across the United States continues. In Gold Canyon, Arizona, the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway monument was tarred and feathered overnight in an apparent protest against the Confederate remembrance.

You read that right.

The monument is the second in Arizona to be vandalized, but the only one tarred and feathered in the style of feudal Europe and Colonial America, according to the local Fox affiliate news station. A local reporter said that cleaning up the monument will be difficult and costly, and that many people have been stopping by to look at the spectacle.

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Someone tarred and feathered the Jefferson Davis Confederate monument on US 60 east of Phoenix near Gold Valley. #Fox10phoenix

— Steve Krafft Fox 10 (@SKrafftFox10) August 17, 2017

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the vandalism, and a glove was left at the scene.

Jefferson Davis was the first and only president of the Confederate States of America. One local man interviewed said he wasn’t sure why the monument was even in Arizona, as it wasn’t yet a state during the Civil War (though he wasn’t happy about the vandalism of state property).

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The vandalism comes after violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. At the rallies, a white supremacist participant drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring 19 others. Several other memorials have been vandalized and removed in the past week.

You can check out the tarred and feathered monument in the clip above.

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