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John Boyega, known for playing Finn in Star Wars sequel trilogy, has slammed Game of Thrones for lack of diversity. The British actor told GQ that he doesn’t like to see ‘one type of person on-screen’:

“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 a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”

While Lord of the Rings didn’t have any black character, the same isn’t true for Game of Thrones as black actors have featured on the show including Jacob Anderson, Nathalie Emmanuel, DeObia Oparei and Lucian Msamati. George R.R. Martin, the creator of Game of Thrones universe, also recently addressed the lack of diversity in his books:

“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, which is a thing apart [from the TV show]. I do think HBO and [creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are doing what they can to promote diversity as well, as witness the casting of Areo Hotah. Of course, Hotah is a guard… but he is also a viewpoint character in the novels, a brave and loyal warrior.”

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17 comments

  1. These people are getting boring. Majority care about the characters and have no interest in their skin color, sex. It would be opposite if they are enforcing something and trying to humiliate people of different color or sex (regardless is it male or female) but it’s not. Come on, let us enjoy without that politically correct poison everytwhere

    1. Ikr? I mean you dont hear us asians or hispanics whine about something like this. #AllLivesMatter

      1. That’s because they count anyone as not black, white…. It’s a self-fulfilling, no-win situation with people that live their lives concerned with skin pigment. The sad thing is, most black people I know are just as sick of the constant drone of “racism”, as everyone else. It’s a shame that some have to live their lives looking for a “problem” to solve.

  2. Grrm wrote books on the war of the roses and English history which is where a lot of the inspiration for GoT came from. And there are a lot of characters in the show that are from all over the world. The story does follow three main families so what would you have him of turn it into different strokes? If you not watching it because you believe there is a lack of diversity then a) you’re missing a great show and b) you need to open your eyes there are more people of colour in the show than there are in Starwars, but I guess that’s easy to overlook when you’re being paid millions of dollars for the latter

  3. Westeros is based on medieval England during the War of the Roses. There were not a lot of black people around then.

    Easteros however which is based on the Mediterranean, North Africa and Asia does have lots of people of colour.

  4. Grey WORM….what a racist show! 😀 Otherwise LOTR is not about black and white men,but elfs dwarfs orcs etc….wait there is Gandalf the White….:'(

  5. There are spanish, persian, and even ice people in it. I also believe there are lizzard people in it, I don’t see the problem.

  6. What does he suggest? Should the elves in lord of the rings be Asian? Should the dwarves be black? I find people who make remarks like boyega make are actually racists deep down. Note how he says “one type of people”. Imagine if I said that about wu tang clan. I don’t listen to music groups who only consist of “one type of people”. Yeah. Boyega has a race issue. What shame.

  7. While I don’t agree with his reason to slam the show or the original novel, I do think there should be more high fantasies with non-caucasian lead protagonists.

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