Now let me first mention that I have not yet watched Game of Thrones, but I have read the review by Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times (you can read it here). This post also has nothing to do with the actual content of the show, but more about the review she had written.
First of all, reviews should be completely unbiased right? A reviewer should go in with little to no expectations and let whatever it is they are reviewing speak for itself. If it is truly terrible, so be it and if it is great, well then that is great. In this case, do not let any preconceived thoughts about the culture behind something or the genre itself make its decision for you. But in this case it seems as though she did.
Another thing about Ms. Bellafante’s review is that she completely disregards women as fans and really only thinks of them as casual fans who are only in it for its “illicitness”. The funny thing about that is that if you are watching Game of Thrones and you are not the kind of person who likes these types of shows, movies, what have you, well then I can only assume you are watching to see some nekkid people. And from there I can only assume that you are a 13 year old boy going through puberty. But then again there’s a shit ton of internet porn out there, but I digress.
Ms. Bellafante, you review televisions shows which I think is a pretty kick ass gig and on top of that you are writing for one of the most acclaimed newspapers in the nation, The New York Times. The thing that really irks me about this whole situation though is that you had to write a blog post defending yourself (read it here!).
Fanboys and fangirls exist everywhere across all genres and I am going to assume that these fans too write to you defending their beloved shows. But in the couple of articles I was going through did I not see you defend any of your other poorly reviewed shows.
As a collective, fanboys (and girls) are not a force to be reckoned with. If you are going to say that something is not up to par, well it better damn well be. For if it is not up to snuff, they will do almost whatever it takes to get you to change your opinion.
These fans are passionate and that is what makes them great. Please do not go writing future articles with a thought already planted in your head and have your entire review based on that one thought and not that actual matter at hand which would be good (or bad) television.
LA Times - Who are you again? I was under the impression that this shit was done and over with already. Cheers to trying to extend your 15 minutes of fame! And cheers to Nightline and Good Morning America for giving it to her!