Newswire: Confederate showrunners respond to the initial backlash

Yesterday, HBO announced that it was re-teaming with Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, plus writers Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman, for a new series called Confederate, set in a world where the Union failed to win the American Civil War, and Southern slavery was now a modern institution. Criticism of the premise—and especially Benioff and Weiss, for using their considerable post-Thrones clout to indulge in such a well-trod, potentially fraught series of hypotheticals—was both swift and passionate, with the pair accused of writing “slavery fanfic.”

Now, Weiss, Benioff, and the Spellmans have responded to the criticism, making it clear that they knew a backlash was coming, while simultaneously asking audiences to wait until the show premieres in order to judge it on its own merits. The quartet gave an interview about the controversy to Vulture earlier tonight, stating they’re now “bonding …

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