'Game of Thrones' Lacks Diversity, Says David Oyelowo

Posted by James, 5 days ago

British actor David Oyelowo recently criticized the HBO's popular TV series, 'Game of Thrones' for its lack of diversity in main characters. The leading roles seem to have been given to white actors and actresses.

According to Oyelowo, there is "no excuse" for this lack of diversity and feels actors of color deserve leading roles in this fantasy series. He also added that since 'Game of Thrones' features people of color in smaller roles, then there should be room for bigger roles.

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In an interview with RadioTimes.com Oyelowo added: "Even if for whatever reason, it’s a world in which people of color in those stories are subservient, or they are more in a helper role, that doesn’t mean they can’t have prominent storylines. All you have to do is shift the focus to focus on those characters."

People of color continue being marginalized in Hollywood. And much as there are colored actors on the show all it shows is how much inequality there is because most of them are given background roles. Oyelowo feels "...it’s a conscious decision to put them on the margins, as opposed to put them front and centre."

Question is: How do we expect the Oscar nominations and awards to be racially inclusive if there will be no people of color to be nominated for these roles in the first place? As Oyelowo puts it, there is no excuse. And at this rate, #OscarsSoWhite will never be a thing of the past. What do you think?

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  1.   NYguy1 says:
    Posted: 1 day ago

    It would be nice to see some nude non-white people.

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  2.   dustjam says:
    Posted: 1 day ago

    Let's keep in mind, Game of Thrones takes place in the Middle Ages. Last time I checked, there were no black people in Europe at that time. Let us not forget that Peter Dinklage, a midget actor, has had a significant role on that show. No small person actor has ever received the type of role Peter has had. And most of the women on Games of Thrones are pretty powerful, so there is diversity in the show.

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  3. Posted: 2 days ago

    You know what,Nollywood needs more white people in their movies too. Stop moaning actors,the best person should get the role. Saying we need more actors in something because they are black is in fact racist itself!

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  4.   Grace.1992 says:
    Posted: 2 days ago

    I agree. White washing is a very real thing. People of color need representation...we are extremely under represented. #OscarsSoWhite #MediaSoWhite #Whitewashing. I'd love to see more representation for people of color, not as thugs or slaves or savages. But a true representation of us as people, without suppressing our voices and our rich cultural history.

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