Friday, June 5, 2015

On THAT Scene


I don't watch the show Game of Thrones. I tried to, to see what all the hubbub was about, and promptly stopped when I realized that it was just an excuse to show boobs and butt on TV. I then read two of the books (A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings) and found myself enjoying those far more. I had started on the third book and then I got distracted. But I never quite forgot those two books and have always wondered when I was going to get back into the series. So it interested me that the TV show was going to go into new territory. I mean, it makes sense. It would be boring to reproduce the book exactly, so why not go in a different direction?

That's when the internet exploded with fan rage over Sansa Stark's rape. Oh, the moral outrage! Matt Walsh blogged. And, to a degree, the guy's right. The show is pornography, plain and simple. If you're watching it you really can't make a claim otherwise, good story or not. But there was that curious part of me, that morbid need to know what the hell everyone else was going on about. So I watched the scene. Now, I was expecting something "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" level of scar-inducing, please kill me now so I don't remember this, sexual predation. I thought I was going to have to turn this sucker off, given my own history.

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THAT WAS IT?

Talk about much ado over nothing. Sound and fury, and that's it. There have not only been worse rape scenes in the history of film, but this is a Song of Ice and Fire. It's a story about how our civilization is built on the blood and suffering of innocent people and that any claims we make to nobility in our civilization is a joke, as so many people abuse these rules for selfish reasons one almost wishes there was no pretense at all.  So, does the rape scene fit? Absolutely. Is it actually a moderately tame scene? Um, yeah, not sure what the fuss is about. Considering all the other stuff is in the show and the books this fits perfectly.  Don't like that? Don't read or watch.