Elon Musk took an unexpected travel into tv criticism, seemingly siding with the trolls (internet, not mountain) who’ve blasted the caller “Lord of the Rings” bid for being excessively woke.
On the heels of racist backlash decrying the divers casting connected Amazon’s prequel bid “The Rings of Power,” the SpaceX laminitis shared his gripes connected societal media astir however masculinity is portrayed wrong the show.
“Tolkien is turning successful his grave,” Musk tweeted, referring to writer J.R.R. Tolkein,” earlier explaining precisely wherefore successful a 2nd post. “Almost each antheral quality truthful acold is simply a coward, a jerk oregon both. Only Galadriel is brave, astute and nice.”
He went connected to gully a beardown favoritism betwixt the caller series, which launched connected the streaming work this period to overmuch captious acclaim, and manager Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy, which helium called “excellent.”
Galadriel, an elven warrior played present by Welsh histrion Morfydd Clark, is undoubtedly the main quality successful the bid arsenic she fights to pass Middle-earth astir the looming menace of Sauron during the Second Age.
Almost each antheral quality truthful acold is simply a coward, a jerk oregon both. Only Galadriel is brave, astute and nice.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 5, 2022
But, of course, “The Rings of Power” is populated by galore men of assorted types. Musk seems to person conveniently overlooked the heroic and recently created elf quality Arondir played by Afro Puerto Rican histrion Ismael Cruz Córdova, who has been subjected to racist online abuse since the bid premiered.
One of the stronger reactions to Musk’s reappraisal came from phantasy writer Neil Gaiman, who poked amusive astatine the billionaire entrepreneur’s failed Twitter acquisition successful a tweet that has since gone viral.
“Elon Musk doesn’t travel to maine for proposal connected however to neglect to bargain Twitter, and I don’t spell to him for film, TV oregon lit criticism,” Gaiman wrote.
Musk’s comments get aft trolls person attacked the phantasy bid for “disrespecting the root material” by casting non-white actors successful large roles and not making Galadriel “feminine” enough.
The racist backlash has prompted Amazon to suspend idiosyncratic reviews for 72 hours to forestall radical from “review bombing” the show, according to Variety.
But Musk besides took contented with however the outcry surrounding the prequel has been characterized, choosing to support the series’ astir vocal critics successful different tweet.
“Those who assertion immoderate disapproval of Rings of Power means you’re racist are outing themselves arsenic closet racists,” helium wrote.
Regardless of the controversy, “The Rings of Power” has been an undeniable deed for Amazon, which, of course, is owned by Musk’s chap billionaire and rival Jeff Bezos.
The series, which has already been renewed for a 2nd season, premiered past week to 25 cardinal viewers, making it the biggest opening successful the streaming platform’s history.