If you were monitoring Twitter on Sunday, you might have noticed a "Game of Thrones"-related trend that has almost nothing to do with the content of the show itself.
Users of the social media platform took to their keyboards to protest a new show being developed by "Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (along with show writers Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman) in which they imagine a world where the south successfully seceded from the union, slavery is still legal, and America is on the brink of a third civil war. The show's announced title is short and sweet: "Confederate." Those pushing back against its creation used the hashtag #NoConfederate to express their unhappiness at the prospect of its release.
April Reign, who also helped orchestrate the #OscarsSoWhite campaign of 2015, helped organize this protest, asking her followers and those in support to tweet #NoConfederate during the broadcasts of "Game of Thrones" on the east and west coasts. The hashtag trended worldwide during the east coast broadcast.
Why would people be unhappy at the show's potential release?
HBO released a statement following the hashtag's trend, reports The Independent.
"We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate. We have faith that Nichelle, Dan, David, and Malcom will approach the subject with care and sensitivity," the statement.