Confession: I hate “Game of Thrones” and I honestly cannot fathom why anyone watches it. After listening to people drone on and on about this violent series, I finally got around to renting it on Netflix. Here’s a quick question, on what planet is rape, forced marriage, and child murder entertainment? Just curious.
I must be in the minority, though, because “Game of Thrones” is so damn popular that it displaced the traffic of Pornhub during its recent premiere. That must have been one helluva personal choice, “Hmm should I watch some porn or should I order a pizza and watch some medieval rape scenes while dudes run around killing each other?”
And just when I thought TV couldn’t get any trashier, along comes a new show by the GOT producer’s David Benioff and D.B. Weiss called “Confederate“, which according to the HBO press release “chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, 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.”
Is this a damn joke? In the era of Black Lives Matter and Donald Trump, who in their right mind thought it would be a smart idea to air a show in which two white dudes get to reimagine the Civil War and turn slavery into a legal “modern institution”?
I’m not the only one offended and dismayed by this ridiculous show idea.
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 19, 2017
What kind of a person would relish the chance to make money from people who want to see what slavery would look like in the present day?
— Ambrish K (@ambrishrk) July 19, 2017
US, watching Game of Thrones: hey can we maybe have a fantasy show with more people of color
THEM: ok what about if slavery never ended
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) July 20, 2017
Writing for the Daily Beats, Ira Madison points out that “Even if we ignore the fact that this sounds a hell of a lot like the present — Klan membership and hate crimes in America are on the rise, the prison industrial complex is basically the government’s substitute for slavery, and Bo, Luke, and Daisy Duke are far from the only ones repping the Confederate flag — white people love to imagine a world where ‘the Confederacy won.'” And he’s right. Our culture loves to chew on some bitter and twisted fantasies that consistently put people of color, women, and even children in harm’s way.
I won’t be watching “Game of Thrones” with its love of rape or the controversial and yet still anticipated show “Confederate” in which we get to watch as gross white fantasies of racism come true.