A lot of POC have pointed out that all the lines from the racists on the show are going to end up being repurposed by shitty real world racists, who will then immediately pretend that they're just "quoting" fictional things, and it doesn't mean anything.Dr. Medulla wrote: ↑31 Jul 2017, 2:53pmAh, okay. My very superficial reading on the controversy suggested that it was the concept itself that was considered offensive, which seemed a bit odd to me. I guess kind of like the Secret Empire/Cap is a Nazi thing going on. It has the potential to be a useful critique of the corruption of American institutions and values, but the story is fucking boring.Flex wrote: ↑31 Jul 2017, 2:32pmI think it's mistrust that the Game of Thrones guys are doing it. They haven't evinced a very deep understanding of race or gender issues on their current show.Dr. Medulla wrote: ↑31 Jul 2017, 2:16pmCan someone explain to me the criticism about this confederacy show that's going to be on HBO? The criticism/assumption is that it'll, I guess, glamourize or make palatable the idea of slavery. But does that have to be so? Why couldn't it be a means of highlighting how much institutional racism and exploitative labour practices actually exist, to emphasize the hypocrisy of American rhetoric of freedom and equality? I assume I'm just missing something, but I'm not seeing where a show with this concept necessarily precludes critique of social reality.
That and, in a operative and real sense, we already kind of live in a world where the south might as well have won, and they don't really want to see a world run by racists and slavers presented as a fiction when the reality isn't much different for many.
But this isn't my fight.