“Literally calling him the one thing that Bran HATED being called. Great!”
Spoiler alert: Social justice warriors were triggered by the “Game of Thrones” series finale on Sunday.
Also, Brandon Stark was named king of Westeros. After Tyrion made the case that Bran’s story of overcoming adversity made him the best choice, the royals of Westeros assented.
However, in the woke media, no title is as glorious as that of victim. So, while the finale could easily be seen as a victory for disabled representation – what with a dwarf helping to make a paraplegic king – many commentators chose to focus on the new monarch’s politically incorrect nickname: Bran the Broken.
Writer Vanessa Angelica Villarreal called the monicker “wild ableist,” and suggested a number of alternatives.
Also “Bran the Broken” is wild ableist like … was “Bran the All-Knowing” not available? #GameofThrones
— Vanessa Angélica Villarreal 🐺🗡 (@Vanessid) May 20, 2019
Commenters chimed in with more suggestions.
Better titles for Bran Stark:
Bran the Warg
Bran the Seer
Bran the Wise
Bran the Green Wolf
Bran the Raven King#GameOfThrones
— Frankie Huang (@ourobororoboruo) May 20, 2019
A particularly hardcore fanboy complained that Bran’s fictional feelings had been hurt.
Literally calling him the one thing that Bran HATED being called. Great! 😒
— Eli BS (tweeting GoT/minor Endgame spoilers) (@HalcyonTraveler) May 20, 2019
One woman offered a non-culture wars counter-take, pointing out that “Brand the Broken” was meant to highlight Bran’s hard-won humility, which is what qualified him to rule. But she was mostly ignored.
Did none of you watch Tyrion’s monologue right before? The point of Bran being king is to break the wheel. The fact he rose up from the depth makes him the best choice for king. Naming him anything powerful would continue the cycle. It’s humbling
— Elvira (@Kassssaundra) May 20, 2019
Dominick Evans, a gamer and transgender and disability activist, disapproved of both Bran’s nickname and the reaction to him winning the game of thrones.
Some of the the response to Bran becoming the king is hella ableist, but so is the dam name Bran the Broken….sooooooo…..#GameOfThronesFinale
— Dominick Evans (@dominickevans) May 20, 2019
Young adult writer Jenna Giuillaume wasn’t going to take it anymore after Jon Snow killed would-be progressive queen turned war criminal Daenerys Targaryen.
Fuck this sexist narrative #GameOfThrones
— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) May 20, 2019
Roxane Gay suggested the writers of the fantasy series lacked the imagination to end with a woman on top.
Also it is a hell of a thing when creators can imagine dragons but they can’t imagine a sane, smart woman as ruler of the six or seven kingdoms.
— roxane gay (@rgay) May 20, 2019
While the fat activist took some comfort in Arya Stark’s plans to continue adventuring, journalist and #SexStrike scab Talia Lavin told herself that the real “Game of Thrones” “yas queen” was Sansa Stark, who managed to win independence for the North.
sansa won in my mind. her own kingdom, sent sadbeard mcpuppyeyes off to canada, amazing dresses, friendly king to the south
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) May 20, 2019
Identity-conscious journalist Ben Faulding saw privilege at work in Tyrion’s appointment as Hand of the King.
Nailed this take.
— Every Chamillionaire is a Policy win (@TheHipsterRebbe) May 20, 2019
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