Written By Damilola Faustino
Star Wars star, John Boyega has slammed Game of Thrones for its lack of diversity in an interview with GQ.
He said: “There are no black people in Game of Thrones. You don’t see one black person in Lord of the Rings. I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen.
“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.”
However, there was a mostly disagreeing amount of comments from fans of the franchise, who noted that although Lord of the Rings didn’t feature much diversity, Game of Thrones does a bit better.
There’s Grey Worm, the captain of Daenerys’ Unsullied Army, as well as Areo Hotah, the lead guard to the King of Dorne, and then there was Xaro Xhoan Daxos, the ‘wealthy’ man from Qarth.
Meanwhile, the series’ author George RR Martin responded to one fan who criticised the show for casting the few black characters it has as “servants, guards, or charlatans”.
He said: “Westeros around 300 AC is nowhere near as diverse as 21st century America, of course… but with that being said, I do have some ‘characters of color’ who will have somewhat larger roles in WINDS OF WINTER. Admittedly, these are secondary and tertiary characters, though not without importance.
“Of course, I am talking about the books here, and you are talking about the show, which is a thing apart. I do think HBO and [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are doing what they can to promote diversity as well, as witness the casting of Areo Hotah, which you mention. Of course, Hotah IS a guard… but he is also a viewpoint character in the novels, a brave and loyal warrior.”