Wow. Apparently Daenerys Stormborn’s other title is Mother of Fandoms, since angry nerds across the world are telling me to STFU like I just insulted their mum. Here’s a Top 10 list of the things angry GoT fans have said to me about my first post (…
You make very fair points, just a few clarifications. All foreign cultures in GoT are stereotypical and basic, because GoT is written from a Western POV (all the POV characters and ‘focus’ characters in the show are white). But Westeros (very subtly named) is based on England and is portraying a historically realistic situation where people from other races and cultures are looked down upon. Sure, that sucks, but Dany’s desire for everybody to get a say in their own lives is one hell of an idealistic (this is her biggest weakness and I am waiting for it to kick her in the ass) if entitled wish originating in someone who was herself oppressed but also raised into enough privilege to know she can change things. If Dany were trying to liberate white Westerosi women, I’d be happier… but she does learn Dothraki and makes sure people call her Khaleesi and insists they are her Khalassar, that is, she becomes part of the culture and THEN changes it from *within*, which she has to, seriously, they treat women like shit. Her values also don’t seem to be due to her upbringing but her personal ethics (ie. her brother). GoT has plenty of ism problems but I quite liked the ‘nobody can give you your freedom, you have to take it’ bit and adoration seems like a logical reaction for a person who risks everything to help you, a complete stranger, have a chance at all.
Also, while it is not perfect, it is a more realistic possibility in their world than slaves having an upraising of their own volition.
If you think of the show as a parallel Tudors, the race!fail is historically accurate.