The portrayal of Lord Corlys Velaryon by Steve Toussaint in the HBO series House of the Dragon by a black actor has sparked recent controversy since the show began airing in August of 2022.
The series is set about 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones which began production and casting back in 2007. Much has changed since then.
Lord Corlys Velaryon is the head of House Velaryon, one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the Seven Kingdoms, and Master of Ships to King Viserys Targaryen. The portrayal of a wealthy, powerful noble by a person of color has created a great deal of discussion among viewers who may not be ready yet to accept people of color in seemingly white dominated worlds.
Toussaints’ reaction to this criticism was, “They are happy with a dragon flying. They’re happy with white hair and violet-colored eyes, but a rich Black guy? That’s beyond the pale.” Surely this is only one of many examples of the impact that DEI has made in television, film and media.
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