Elon Musk has criticized Amazon Prime Video’s billion dollar fantasy series The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Powertweeting that the late author JRR Tolkien is “turning in his grave”.
Assuming why he didn’t like the show, Musk tweeted that “almost every male character to date has been a coward, a jerk, or both,” adding that “only Galadriel is brave, smart, and kind.” Galadriel, played by Welsh actress Morfydd Clark, is a warrior elf and the protagonist of the series, set thousands of years before the events of the hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
It’s worth noting that Musk has a longstanding feud and rivalry with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, a rivalry that has grown as Musk’s SpaceX and Bezos’ Blue Origin compete directly with each other. The enmity between the two richest people in the world has led to the Tesla CEO habitually trolling or shitposting Bezos and his companies.
As far, Rings of Power has been a huge success for Amazon, with 25 million viewers for the first two episodes, Prime Video’s best ever premiere. Critics have also responded favorably, with a score of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 71 percent on Metacritic. Audience ratings, on the other hand, were poor, leading to accusations of review bombing.
Musk’s statements reflect much of the criticism the show has received from online trolls who disagree with rings centering the show around Galadriel.
Trolls have also objected to the series featuring non-white characters. Writing about the racist reactions the show has faced, The Hollywood ReporterRichard Newby said the criticism was incorrect.
“Right now, I’ve heard every argument in the book as to why cast members Lenny Henry, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Nazanin Boniadi, Sara Zwangerobani, Maxine Cunliffe, and Sophia Nomvete aren’t harfoots, elves, dwarves, or even humans in Middle-earth where the series of Amazon takes place,” Newby wrote. “The most common refrain is that Tolkien didn’t include people of color in his stories. Not only is this not true, as harfoots are described as having “brown” skin, but Tolkien didn’t often make a point of describing skin tone, although he did occasionally lean on the open-ended “fairer than…”