12.10.2013

Count the Fail

“Game of Thrones” has delivered some of the more refreshing and unusual narrative moments in recent TV memory. But then Daenerys Targaryan catapulted into her white Jesus avatar state and my entire Twitter timeline and I did a collective face-palm. The story line climaxes with the final scene of the season: Daenerys crowd-surfs over a sea of toothless and adoring brown faces. A sexless orgy of white self-adoration. Epic cliché, epic racism. Also: boring.


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  1. And the white savior comes to the brown people to liberate them from their lack of civility and morals by introducing them to Christianity, patriarchy and capitalism. At first the white savior is met with resistance from the brown people but with the right amount of persuasion( beatings, rape, enslaving, killing, stealing of land, infecting with disease etc.) the brown people begin to turn their back on their own inherently immoral culture to embrace white hegemony, along with; colorism, sexism, classism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, misogyny, rape culture, sexual objectification of females, hyper masculinization of males, pedophilia, materialism, excessive debt, financial bankruptcy, poverty, health problems, spiritual bankruptcy, high crime, murder and.... suicide. Where the brown people go off to live happily ever aft... Um wait a minute, exactly how does the "white savior" help? And how has this trope been able to go on so long without being challenged about the obvious?

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    1. In the book its really a deconstruction of the white savior trope. She takes over the cities but her "vision" doesn't work out as planned and things get out of hand really quickly. What works in Westeros does not work in Essos and Dany spends the book five kicking herself over the fact that she can't run the kingdom properly and she's in way over her head.

      I think because they filmed in Morocco all the extras were Morrocan, but the book made it clear that the enslaved people were all hues. The writers also whitewashed several characters who were meant to be PoC.Its like the creators of the show are purposefully messing up what the book did correctly and more realistically.The writers also whitewashed several characters who were meant to be PoC.

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    2. "Its like the creators of the show are purposefully messing up what the book did correctly and more realistically.The writers also whitewashed several characters who were meant to be PoC."

      As usual. You can add this to the list of books/graphic novels turned movies/tv shows they did this to.

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  2. Daniel summed up my feelings perfectly. Though shows like SH is vital, Hollywood still don't get it what it comes to the meaning of POC leads. They think that it means to show Black women in this position for a while and then bring in the White lead to take over from there. They can use some lessons from Scandal to the meaning of lead woman

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  3. I read about this the other day at Salon. I completely agree. The trope is getting tired. Nevertheless, executives will continue to defend it by using the old "target audience" and "white is universal" excuses, especially since people, including whites, are seemingly becoming more and more tired of seeing white heroes over and over again.

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