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People are moving to boycott a new ‘Game of Thrones’ book because its two co-authors are joining the chorus of white-and-white-adjacent whiners who have their medieval-era long johns in a group over the casting of actors black to portray characters that were portrayed as pale in the source material.
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Fans of the sprawling fantasy series are boycotting the new book released this month, “The Rise of the Dragon: An Illustrated History of the Targaryen Dynasty, Volume One,” over what they perceive as a “history of racism by co-authors Linda Antonsson and Elio M. García Jr.
Fan dismay with Antonsson and Garcia dates back long before George RR Martin’s fantasy epic was adapted for HBO. The husband-and-wife editorial team has collaborated with Martin for years, serving as fact-checkers for some of his latest works, according to Variety. Together, Antonsson and García co-created Westeros.org, an online blog dedicated to the series.
“There are no Black Valyrians and there shouldn’t be any on the show,” Antonsson said, referring to Melanian actor Steve Toussaint, who plays Valyrian figurehead Corlys in Dragon House. During an interview with VarietyAntonsson of House Karen defended her position by mocking being “called a racist, when I’ve only been focused on world-building.”
“Diversity should not overshadow history,” she said.
It’s clear that House White Privilege’s Antonsson sees everything through a very Caucasian lens. If she didn’t, she would see the very obvious hole in his logic. How exactly does Valyrians being black change history? Why does she think “world-building” ceases because characters whose race was arbitrary in the first place end up being portrayed by black people? This white woman is really trying to throw a “whites only” sign at a fictional Westeros and she’s here pretending there’s nothing racist about it.
“If George had actually made Valyrians black instead of white, as he thought on his ‘Not a Blog’ in 2013, and this new show was about making Valyrians something other than black, we would have had the same problem. with him and would have shared the same opinion,” she continued.
Again, this is Caucasian logic. When characters of color are portrayed by white actors, you’re essentially taking roles from non-white actors, who are already historically and currently underrepresented in the fantasy genre, and giving them to white actors, who are already benefiting from virtually unlimited representation in all genres. on television and in the cinema.
Antonsson basically says, “Forget what diversity in casting does for black people and people of color who end up seeing themselves onscreen in non-stereotypical roles.—mNerdy little white feelings are hurt because now my “world building” has been interrupted by the presence of niggers on horses.
Perhaps it’s time for white people who make these easily debunked arguments to pride themselves on the possibility that they are racist, at least to the extent that their whiteness clouds their good judgment.
White privilege is and always has been one hell of a drug, after all.