John Boyega is speaking out about the lack of representation on TV shows like “Game of Thrones”, in his cover story with GQ.
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“There are no black people on ‘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,” the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star says.
For Boyega, he wants to ruffle feathers by continuing to be a part of franchise films that are inclusive of all different backgrounds and cultures.
“Because 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,” he continues.
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Last year, David Oyelowo also spoke out against “Game of Thrones” and the lack of diversity.
“The fact that they put any ethnic minorities in that means that there should be space for bigger characters. Because you’re not just saying, ‘Okay, this is purely a white world, and here are very story-driven reasons why that’s the case,'” he told the Radio Times.
The series author, George R. R. Martin, addressed the criticism in a blog post back in 2014. The author noted that the period of time in which the series takes place isn’t as diverse as the 21st century.
“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,” Martin explained.
Martin went on to say that he thinks that HBO tries to be more inclusive than the books the show is based on by casting black actors.
“I do think HBO and [creators] David and Dan 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,” he said.
ET Canada has asked HBO for a comment but has not heard back.