British-Nigerian actor, David Oyelowo has called out HBO drama, Game of Thrones for failing to racially diversify the lead characters of the show.
He said in an interview with RadioTimes.com that, “The fact that they put any ethnic minorities in that means that there should be space for bigger characters. Because you’re not just saying ‘OK this is purely a white world, and here are very story-driven reasons why that’s the case…You are interspersing people of colour into it. And so therefore it’s a conscious decision to put them on the margins, as opposed to put them front and centre.”
Game of Thrones is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels written by George R.R Martins. The award winning show is the depiction of two powerful families — kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men — playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne.
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.”