'Get a job': Whoopi Goldberg slams 'The Rings of Power' and 'House of the Dragon' fans
There have been a lot of negative reactions to ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ and unfortunately, there’s a bizarre reason behind it. A certain section of JRR Tolkien fans believed that the introduction of a diverse cast is ruining the viewing experience for them because it’s killing the essence of what the great author wrote. They started bashing the show online and review-bombed, but it seems Whoopi Goldberg has had enough of this racist garbage.
While appearing on the latest episode of ‘The View’, host Goldberg and her co-hosts addressed the racist backlash that ‘The Rings of Power’ and ‘House of the Dragon’ have been experiencing since their launch. The veteran actor did not mince her words while talking about the issue and said that it’s shocking to see people accepting dragons and hobbits, but not black people.
In ‘House of the Dragon’, actor Steve Toussaint plays the pivotal role of Lord Corlys and is one of the main council members in the House Targaryen. Just a week ahead of the show, Toussaint, who is the franchise’s first Black lead character, opened up about the backlash he received when he was cast in the series. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said, “I didn’t realize it was a bigger deal until I was racially abused on social media when it was announced.”
On her show, Goldberg slammed the trolls and responded to the discourse by saying that the worlds of the aforementioned shows are “not real”.
She added, “They don’t exist in the real world. You know that? There are no dragons. There are no hobbits. Are you telling me Black people can’t be fake people too? Is that what you’re telling me? I don’t know if there’s like a hobbit club, I don’t know if there are gonna be protests, but people! What is wrong with y’all?”
The two-time Academy Award-winning star had pretty good advice for all the wannabe critics and noted that they should all “get a job” because they are “focused on the wrong stuff”.
Meanwhile, her co-host Sunny Hostin felt the same and shared similar disbelief while discussing the online racist attacks faced by ‘House of the Dragon’ star Steve Toussaint. Hostin said that she was in shock when she got to know that trolls are okay “with a dragon flying” or people having “white hair and violet-colored eyes”, but as soon as they see a “black rich guys”, everyone loses their mind.
‘House of the Dragon’ and ‘The Rings of Power’ are two of the biggest shows on the planet right now. They have massive fan following and enjoy huge viewership as well, but the backlash to the casting in ‘The Rings of Power’ was so bad that Amazon had to halt the ratings on their website due to fake negative reviews.
Episodes of ‘House of the Dragon’ and ‘The Rings of Power’ are currently available for streaming on HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video, respectively.