I can’t imagine having a Sloane Kelly week without talking about her voice actress, Indira Varma. I first saw her on Rome where I found her genuinely striking. Then I saw her on Torchwood, Luther, Bones, heard her as Vivienne on Dragon Age Inquisition and recently she’s been the lead on Paranoid, a Netflix tv show I’m watching. In MEA she also does the voice of Moshae Sjefa. She’s absolutely amazing in every role and I genuinely believe all tv shows and movies would benefit from having her in the cast!
I remember hearing her as Sloane for the first time in the gameplay trailer a year before MEA came out (“What brings a Pathfinder to our humble port?”) and I genuinely fell in love.
I don’t think we have an interview with her about her role, which is a crime because I bet she has a lot to say.
Anyway, thank you Indira Varma for being so wonderful and making Sloane such an interesting character. We’re very lucky you were a part of this!!!
I was thinking about the new episode of Game of Thrones and Nymeria and how it made sense that she’d refuse to return to Winterfell and I realised something. Game of Thrones is a show where a direwolf receives better and more consistent characterisation than the women of colour.
Two of the Sand Snakes died in this episode. It’s been a while since I read the books but I remember that Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes were compelling, intelligent women who genuinely valued the wellbeing of Dorne. But in the show, they are hypersexual, bood-thirsty brown women (I’m aware that the actresses playing them are far from “brown”,but that’s how they’re viewed in the GOT universe), a step above the Dothraki and Unsullied “savages”(another scene I loved in this episode).
It felt uncomfortable watching the two of them die, and knowing that Ellaria was most likely going to die soon, but as I was watching a thought crossed my mind: “We may hate the Sand Snakes, but they don’t deserve this”. But i don’t hate the Sand Snakes, I hate the way they’ve been treated.
I’m sure we can all remember that line from season 5 finale, “you want a good girl but you need bad pussy”. That’s one of the worst things I’ve ever heard and I was shocked that someone actually wrote that and other people approved of this. Everything made sense when I realised that the writer’s room is made up of 4 white men.
This is already longer than I’d intended so I’ll just get to the point. Thanks to those 4 white men (5 if you include George R R Martin) Game of Thrones is a show for white men, and at this point, white women. The rest of us weren’t invited.