Elon Musk took an surprising journey into tv criticism, seemingly siding with the trolls (web, not mountain) who’ve blasted the brand new “Lord of the Rings” sequence for being too woke.
On the heels of racist backlash decrying the varied casting on Amazon’s prequel sequence “The Rings of Power,” the SpaceX founder shared his gripes on social media about how masculinity is portrayed throughout the present.
“Tolkien is turning in his grave,” Musk tweeted, referring to creator J.R.R. Tolkein,” earlier than explaining precisely why in a second put up. “Almost every male character so far is a coward, a jerk or both. Only Galadriel is brave, smart and nice.”
He went on to attract a robust distinction between the brand new sequence, which launched on the streaming service this month to a lot crucial acclaim, and director Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy, which he called “excellent.”
Galadriel, an elven warrior performed right here by Welsh actor Morfydd Clark, is undoubtedly the primary character within the sequence as she fights to warn Center-earth concerning the looming menace of Sauron in the course of the Second Age.
However, in fact, “The Rings of Power” is populated by many males of varied varieties. Musk appears to have conveniently neglected the heroic and newly created elf character Arondir performed by Afro Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Córdova, who has been subjected to racist on-line abuse for the reason that sequence premiered.
One of many stronger reactions to Musk’s evaluate got here from fantasy creator Neil Gaiman, who poked enjoyable on the billionaire entrepreneur’s failed Twitter acquisition in a tweet that has since gone viral.
“Elon Musk doesn’t come to me for advice on how to fail to buy Twitter, and I don’t go to him for film, TV or literature criticism,” Gaiman wrote.
Musk’s feedback arrive after trolls have attacked the fantasy sequence for “disrespecting the source material” by casting non-white actors in main roles and never making Galadriel “feminine” sufficient.
The racist backlash has prompted Amazon to droop person opinions for 72 hours to stop individuals from “review bombing” the present, in line with Selection.
However Musk additionally took subject with how the outcry surrounding the prequel has been characterised, selecting to defend the sequence’ most vocal critics in one other tweet.
“Those who claim any criticism of Rings of Power means you’re racist are outing themselves as closet racists,” he wrote.
Whatever the controversy, “The Rings of Power” has been an simple hit for Amazon, which, in fact, is owned by Musk’s fellow billionaire and rival Jeff Bezos.
The sequence, which has already been renewed for a second season, premiered final week to 25 million viewers, making it the most important opening within the streaming platform’s historical past.