Author of ‘Game of Thrones’ book accused of racism

Co-author of a forthcoming game of thrones The linked book responded after many fans online threatened to boycott as accusations of racist remarks and behavior swirled.

Linda Antonsson has been a central figure in A song of ice and fire fandom for years now, alongside her husband and co-writer Elio M. Garcia. The duo are the founders of Westeros.org, arguably the most prominent fan site in the space, and proved so knowledgeable about the world of writer George RR Martin that he eventually hired them as “fact-checkers” to help it maintain characters, descriptions, and locations. directly by writing his novels. Antonsson and Garcia eventually proved so indispensable to Martin that they co-wrote The world of ice and firethe official reference guide for the series, with the fantasy icon.

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Now Antonsson and Garcia have once again teamed up with Martin to The rise of the dragon, an illustrated reference guide to the Targaryen dynasty, due out later this month. But when Martin took to Twitter last week to promote the book’s upcoming release, some users responded with boycott threats and screenshots of some of Antonsson’s old posts on Twitter and Tumblr, with some going back to years, which many fans believe indicates racist views. . Antonsson has been highly critical in the past of casting actors of color in key roles on both game of thrones and Dragon House, for example, and has been known to respond to fellow fans with phrases like “feminazi” and “c***” when her views are questioned. A recent example of the controversy, in which Antonsson lamented the casting of black actor Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, led her to declare: There are no black Valyrians and he shouldn’t to be in the series.”

For a full recap of the charges against Antonsson, you can check out stories about the uproar from Variety and Vulture, which expose even more details about the writer’s history of potentially questionable remarks directed at both the world of Westeros and to the real world. fans online. Speaking to Variety about the accusations, however, Antonsson described them as fans digging up “handpicked statements stripped of context.”

“If George had actually made the Valyrians black instead of white, as he thought on his ‘Not a Blog’ in 2013, and this new show proposed making the Velaryons something other than black, we would have had the same problem with him and would have shared the same opinion,” she said.

Martin himself did not respond to the controversy, nor did The Ascension of the Dragon publisher Ten Speed ​​Press. Still, calls from the fandom for the author to sever ties with his fan-turned-collaborators have intensified over the past week as social media users continue to circulate. screenshots of Antonsson’s past statements on line. Users also continued to point to a months-old tweet from Antonsson in which she claimed that Martin only wrote “his name on a contract” for The Rise of the Dragon as a sign of disrespect to the author.

Antonsson, for his part, always insists that his criticisms and statements relate only to the “world-building” of the TV series, and called the allegations against his projections his opinions, rather than his “actual opinions”. Whether or not Martin responds remains to be seen, but right now it doesn’t look like a controversy that will go away anytime soon, especially since there are still three weeks to go before Rise of the Dragon hits bookstores.

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