quarta-feira, 11 de abril de 2012

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Não que estanhe este tipo de posições, mas não consigo ficar indiferente quando deparo com artigos como «Is “Game of Thrones” too white?» de Arab-American fantasy fanatic» que vem mais uma vez "alertar" para o racismo. Curioso é ver que os Saladin's nunca se insurgem com o aparecimento de grupos étnicos fora de contexto em séries de índole histórica, mas que tentam condicionar o Demiurgo.

«And it’s heavy baggage indeed, however much we love Tolkien’s creation. His half-sublimated wranglings with race are more complex and fraught than either his shrillest detractors or his most fawning defenders would have us believe. But there is some irreducible ugliness in his masterpiece that really can’t be convincingly redeemed. The men of the global East and global South (“black men like half-trolls with white eyes and red tongues”) are monstrous and evil, naturally and culturally inclined to bow to Sauron, and to make war on the good men of the North and West. The bestial visages of orcs bear a striking resemblance to racist caricatures of African and Asian facial features. Above all, to be dark-skinned in Middle Earth is to be part of a savage horde – whether orcish or human – rather than to be a true individual.
The savage hordes described by Tolkien have been imported by his dozens of imitators over the years, becoming a mainstay of fantasy in books, movies and video games. It’s a convention that Martin both takes up and departs from in depicting the Mongol-inspired Dothraki. As a people en masse, the Dothraki value only their horses, treating life cheaply, and reveling in violence:»

Para ler o artigo todo: Salon

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