House of the Dragon and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are all the rage right now for the staunch fans of their respective franchises. However, a certain section of conservative fans has a problem with the kind of representation they are being presented with. Do these fans think that the shows are trying to be too ‘woke’ – their argument for this stance? Most probably the representation of POC. And actor Whoopi Goldberg rightfully gave this section of fans a piece of her mind.
Whoopi Goldberg gives racist fans a piece of her mind
Whoopi Goldberg on the daytime talk show, The View recently addressed the fans of House of the Dragon and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power who hold and propagate the idea that the shows are too “woke”. The question was pretty straightforward: Are these complaints racially motivated? The 66-year-old actor expressed her exasperation with the logic of it all on the show that aired on Tuesday,
“Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and [the] Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, are both massive hits but they don’t exist in the real world. There are no dragons, no hobbits. And there are critics who say they were too ‘woke’ in adding various characters. Are you telling me that the blacks can’t be fake too? I don’t know if there’s like a hobbit club, or if there’s going to be protests, but what’s wrong with you?”
Seething fans need to “get a job”
Goldberg’s co-host on The View, Sunny Hostin shared that some fans feel that casting people of color in the much-beloved and popular franchise prequels “betrays the source material”. However, she did go on to agree with Goldberg’s statement.
Goldberg then gave a powerful closing argument to the people who wanted an ethnically uniform Westeros and Middle-Earth:
“All of you who have problems because there are black hobbits? Get a job! Get a job and go find yourselves. Because you’re focusing on the wrong things.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. House of the Dragon is currently streaming on HBO Max.