Twitter campaign aims to convince HBO to abandon new series 'Confederate'

Dan Weiss and David Benioff arrive at the New York Premiere of The Fourth Season of "Game of Thrones" March 19, 2014. (Credit: Ivan Nikolov/

A Twitter campaign launched during Sunday's "Game of Thrones" episode aimed to convince HBO to abandon plans for a new series, "Confederate."

The concept has been contentious since its creators, "Game of Thrones" masterminds David Benioff and D.B. Weis, announced it a week ago. Centering on an alternate timeline in which the South won the Civil War, the show would depict an America in which slavery is still legal.

The idea has sparked debate, with many voices opposing the concept. Looking to voice their concerns with the show, a group of women launched a campaign Friday to drive people to tweet "NoConfederate" during this weekend's airing of the latest "Game of Thrones" episode.

“We know we have the power to make change,” April Reign, who also created the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, tweeted. “Let's show @hbo how many people are against #Confederate.”

As of Sunday evening around 10 p.m. ET, the hashtag was the top trending topic on the social media site.

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