In my email inbox today, in regards to this post from 2011:
SUBJECT: Sad, racist and delusional
It’s not often that someone matches all three descriptions, you should be proud in a weird way.
You writing a blog post about how GRRM is wrong about the race of the characters he created was one of the saddest and weirdest things someone could possibly do.
Besides the obvious fact that he described swarthy Southern Europeans in the book, he flat out confirmed this multiple times by saying he always imagined the Dornish as Southern European.
The fact that this reality bothers you so much is indicative of a deep sense of insecurity.
If you don’t like A song of ice and fire or the TV series because they are “too white” why don’t you create your own instead of trying to harass and guilt trip an author into creating affirmative action characters to please people like you?
If you have a problem with too many white people in a story and a universe created by a white person, why don’t you stop reading and stop watching?
White people will never complain about the “lack of diversity” in predominately African/Asian/Arab films, entertainment media and literature, because we are not pathetic losers with serious self esteem issues like you.
Also the funniest part, even if Dorne was the Middle East, or North Africa or even just modern day Turkey(and per the author, it isn’t) that guy from the Indian subcontinent who even by Indian standards is incredibly dark, would have no place representing those regions as he does not look like any of those people, whether Arab/Turk/Persian or even Israeli, that last image confirmed to me your racism and your delusion.
A few points, I think, need to be made here.
1.) I am white as all get out, so suggesting that that argument was made on the basis of insecurity about my own race is kinda fun to say the least.
2.) “Why don’t you create your own” – er, I did.
3.) Naveen Andrews is not “incredibly dark” by Indian standards. If anything he’s relatively light-skinned as Indian folks go. And he’s not from “the Indian subcontinent,” he’s from friggin’ London, born and raised.
I could go on – including the fact that GRRM made his qualifications about the Dornish mostly after that blog post, in part to respond to suggestions like mine – but yeeeeeeeeeeah.