Thursday Theories … Fiction and Ideology

ideology

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noun

  1. 1.a system of ideas and ideals, especially one which forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy.”the ideology of democracy” Similar: beliefs ideas ideals principles doctrine creed credo teaching dogma theory canon(s)conviction(s)persuasion

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Premiere Draws 25 Million Global Viewers in First Day, Amazon Says

I am becoming concerned people about people using the word “ideology”, when talking about Fiction in particular.

Someone, white, said to me recently that I don’t understand because they had Emma Watson to play the part of Belle and not a black girl. Which is such bullshit, lol. I know that part of the reason I relate to Belle’s Disney, is because I “look” like her (honestly though, who looks like a Disney character). The biggest reason I adore Belle though, is because of her kindness and her reading! She didn’t just fall for Gaston. That doesn’t change if someone played her, and is a black person.

When it comes to works of fiction and being transferred onto the big screen. I don’t care who plays who.

Fiction is fiction, it is literally for anyone and everyone. We’re in 2022 people! Just because the other people want to go backwards, doesn’t mean we have too!

Tolkien did not finish off both “The Silmarillion” and “Beren and Lúthien” These were finished off by his son, Christopher. Christopher was the reason that a lot of his father’s work couldn’t actually take place. Including the films with Peter Jackson. I actually don’t like Beren and Lúthien because of Christopher. I felt like Christopher was writing FOR his father.

Why The ‘LotR: Rings Of Power’ Isn’t Based On A Book Tolkien Wrote ; Abe Apfel 

What concerns me is when people start talking about things like diversity, and not on the good way.

As a reminder, JRR Tolkien wrote LotR in stages between 1937 and 1949. This was a time that being gay was still illegal and people of colour, did not have rights. So in 2022, if Tolkien had a problem with POC or LGBT+ people playing characters in Middle Earth, I wouldn’t be interested. He’d just be another white bigot. Just like a lot of people talking about their “problems” with the diversity in the series.

We ultimately don’t know what Tolkien thought of Diversity, in any form. It seems he was pretty okay with diversity. As white people we NEED to STOP whining about having fictional characters as POC. It’s outdated and gross. It’s 2022 people! From what I’ve read about Tolkien, I don’t think he was ever intentionally racist . I think, for that time, he was could see there was a problem.

What this comes to do is wanting to keep the Rings of Power, with a whole white cast, that IS an ideology. Wanting to keeping something 100% to the source material IS an ideology. That is a problem in 2022. Now guaranteed, I would have really like to have seen a female dwarf with a beard, that would have made such an impact at the moment. However, it’s still “Hollywood”. It’s also though one of the reasons I don’t think Tolkien would ultimately have a problem with the “Rings of Power”.

Quiet honestly with you all. Hearing people complaining about the Elves in Ring of Power being POC. Is no different to people complaining about Hermione or Ariel (the Little Mermaid) being black. I don’t think Tolkien or Andersen were being intentionally racist. They WERE European and white. They are also long dead. We are now in 2022. If you are NOW complaining about it, that is racism. That is an ideology.

The list below are all ideologies and as you can see they are not all woke, either.

  • Trumpism
  • Racism/White Supremacy
  • Transphobia
  • Rowling…ism lol

Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak, Ted Cruz, “Governor” Di Santis are right wing ideologists. Being left and woke doesn’t automatically make someone an ideologists. Just like being right wing can make you an ideologist.

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