Ta-Nehisi Coates thinks the premise of "Confederate" is still just a little too close to reality
So, you’ve probably heard a little about Confederate by now, the controversial new show from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The premise offers an alternate reality where slavery is a thriving industry, and…yeah. The show has already faced backlash from the #OscarsSoWhite founder, and now journalist and comic book writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates also took a stance against Confederate.
In an article for The Atlantic called The Lost Cause Rides Again, he basically advised people not to watch the show, explaining that even in the actual reality we’re living in, many people are still experiencing a racial hierarchy — even despite slavery being outlawed and the Confederacy defeated over a century ago.
He goes on to reference an interview that the Confederate creators gave to Vulture, where they explained that the goal is to “show us how this history is still with us in a way no strictly realistic drama ever could.”
But Ta-Nehisi Coates notes that that is the problem.
Unsurprisingly, his perspective has sparked many conversations on the internet from people who feel similarly unsure about Confederate and its message.
Of course, there’s the argument that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
No one has actually seen Confederate — because it hasn’t aired yet or even been made (it’s in very early stages of development). Judd Apatow argues that we should wait to see things out — and not silence an artistic story.
But a show that audiences don’t want not making it to air isn’t censorship — and if you’re looking for an alternate-history about racism in America, might we suggest Amazon’s Black America?