in hell you have to explain every one of your text posts to a sweet old lady from the 1800s
reminder that not all hate between girls is </3girl hate</3 and while yeah hating a girl for being a “slut” is fucked up a woman is entitled to hate another woman for being racist or transphobic or even just a general butthole. solidarity is conditional and you can’t go around crying internalized misogyny every time someone female doesn’t want to be your friend.
- men get into something not aimed at their gender: get special titles like "brony." recognition by creators. heralded for defying gender appeal. get documentary.
- women get into something not aimed at their gender: not real fans. probably secret friend zone warriors deadset on erasing men from the human race. get insulting demeaning memes and sexual harassment.
Most of these people have obviously not read the books.
If they had, they would know there is no racial component to slavery as practiced on Essos. It is based on slavery as it existed in the ancient world. The Romans and Greek were just as willing to enslave other Greeks and Romans as they were Celts, Goths, Germans, and Africans. It’s on the page.
However, when you are filming scenes in Morocco, and you put out a call for extras, it’s Moroccans who show up. Most of them are darker skinned than our European actors (though there is actually a lot of different races and ethnic groups represented in the country, including Arabs, Berbers, Africans, French, etc). It is not so different from shooting a scene in Belfast and putting out a call for extras, whereupon a lot of Irish show up.
We fly our actors from country to country and continent to continent, at considerable expense, but that’s not a practical consideration when dealing with extras. So in any big crowd scene, the prevailing skin color is always going to echo that of whatever the location is that you’re shooting in.
But just for the record, yes, Dany is white, just as she has been from the beginning, and she may or may not be a savior (the last scene in “Mhysa” is not the end of her journey by any means), but she frees slaves of all colors, races, creeds, and nationalities.” —
-George RR Martin, on his livejournal.
After the finale of Game of Thrones Season 3, FatPink(pod)Cast put together a blog post compiling a bunch of critics’ reactions to the end scene, which many people (our podcast included) felt read like a “white savior” trope. Rather than argue it ourselves, why not pull together an aggregate demonstrating that there were widespread concerns about the depiction? The blog post went up and over the past week has garnered over 7,300 tumblr notes.
Over on George RR Martin’s official livejournal, Иван Троловский asked Martin what he thought about our post? (Helpfully adding that he thought it was “narrow-minded stereotipical[sic] thinking…irrelevant toe struggle against racism…and even harmful for it.” *indignant cough* ) They asked Martin how to “reduce the harm” of these “foolish associates.”
Here’s Martin’s reply. While he does not directly address the uh, purported harm we have caused by discussing the problematic imagery of the show, he does provide some insight on how the scene was cast and Dany’s race. (Though personally, I’d caution against the premises that the people reading the scene have not read the books, that the show can’t stand by itself without greater context from the book, and that the logistics of extras in the filming site somehow invalidate concerns about the show replicating a classic white savior trope.)
froggytown replied to your post: Apparently if you unfriend someone on facebook and…
Who’d ya block????
My psychotic grandmother; she sent me three emails in reply to this incident - really the thing that bothers me most about it is that she knows how to take screenshots while I still can’t -_-”