The season 7 premiere of “Game of Thrones” was a blast, and millions around the world tuned in to see their favorite characters, and to see if the ones they hate will meet the sword or a dragon. The episode is still being talked about today, proving the popularity of the show.
Strangely enough, Hollywood star John Boyega had no interest in watching the “Game of Thrones” season 7 premiere because the show lacks black characters.
Ruffling up some feathers
“There are no black people in Game Of Thrones. You don’t see one black person in Lord Of The Rings,” he said. “I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen,” he said, in a recent interview with GQ, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.
He went on to say, “You see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”
Now, as an avid fan of the series, and a black person, I have to disagree with John Boyega. There are black people in “Game of Thrones,” although, they are not as prominent when compared to white characters. Nonetheless, blacks are in the show, and that’s a fact.
The show features the likes of DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm, Nonso Anozie who plays Xaro Xhoan Daxos, and others. As stated above, they do not have huge roles, but all are essential to the telling of George R R Martin’s story.
The crazy world of politics and Hollywood
This isn’t the first time the series came under attack for not featuring a lot of black people. Show creator George R R Martin said in the past that the series is representative of the times. For those who are unaware, the books and the series are set in a time similar to 300 AC. There wasn’t much of anything relating to diversity during those times, and nothing can change that.
Are creators supposed to force diversity in a movie or TV series designed for an ancient European setting? There’s a good chance these same people would not have a problem if a black movie or TV show is lacking white characters. This is the crazy world of politics and Hollywood, a world where nothing makes sense anymore.
Yes, I do agree movies coming from the United States need more black people and other races that are not white as lead characters. However, writers and directors must never force the issue to the point where it feels like an afterthought. Unfortunately, the entire thing seems more like a political agenda than anything else, and that’s not okay for entertainment.
Politics and entertainment don’t go hand-in-hand.