Camelot, The Borgias, Game of Thrones: Failing Us, One Episode At A Time
April 19, 2011 1 Comment
I’ve been trying to articulate my feelings on women’s treatment in these three new shows that the fantasy geek in me is inevitably drawn to. Thank goodness for the internet:
While I love fantasy novels, I’m a Black woman and I can’t help but get a little sad, that I always feel just a little bit out of place as a fan and reader. And not because we don’t show up. But because when we do, we are murderers, thieves, prostitutes. Or in other words, we are on the periphery, in the margins. And if I wanted that I would just watch the evening news.
Camelot, The Borgias, Game of Thrones: The Spectacle of Rape
And yet, apparently, the rape of delicate blonde women seems to be something that Starz, HBO and Showtime assume their viewers want to watch. The aesthetic of Camelot and Game of Thrones is particularly sickening – they give us rape with soft lighting.