I looked up actress Angel Coulby to determine her ethnic make-up and by Gawd...just gotta love them comments, y'all.
From the first board:
Commenter #1: I love that NBC made Gwen a black girl. How very new millennium! (Later) BBC, NBC... whatever, I'm applauding diversity here.And from another board:
Commenter #2: Personally, I'm not too excited about it. I'll take authenticity over diversity any day of the week.
Commenter #3: "Authenticity" of what? This is a fantasy show.
Commenter #4: Oh snap.
Commenter #5: LOL! Did you live during the 6th century? Do you know for sure that a servant could not possibly be anything other than white? There's so many different stories that there hardly is any authenticity about the legends. Besides, they're just legends.
Commenter #6: I actually like it. It's kind of like, arthur will love her so much, that legend will go on and on and instead of being a black servent girl she will be told as the most beautiful women in the land.
Commenter #1: Great historical accuracy by the BBC ;-) How did she manage to get all the way from Polynesia to England in the middle ages!?!?! Another BBC token, shame because she's a good actress.Now...listen closely, anti-S/U shippers, 'cause this concerns you. This is what people are talking about when white folks spew bullshit reasons for getting upset with the mere presence of people of color, whether in real life or in media. This why POC need safe spaces, because we'd like to simply indulge our innate, human right to, you know, exist for a minute or two without having to deal with white folks' showing up and/or throwing a temper tantrum about our simply being somewhere.
Commenter #2 (who's also #5 from above): "Historical accuracy?" LOL The legend of Merlin, Gwen, etc. is not history it's fantasy. I suggest a remedial history course for you.
You were probably willing to gloss over the talking dragon, the Bunsen Burner, the more modern spectacles, and the Alp-like mountains in Britain, but a darker colored Gwen gets you all riled up?
I guess it's called ignorance for a reason.
Star Trek (2009) viewers saw 6 billion people become extinct and the main concern was Spock kissing Uhura. Merlin, a show based strictly on legend and fantasy, features magic, a talking dragon, and other such elements, but a Guinevere of color triggers the "authenticity" and "historical accuracy" outcry.
And let's not forget that when, after eight years of Bush, all Obama had to do was simply run for President to turn America in an openly racist circus. Do you see a pattern yet? Or are these "isolated events" to you? Are these simply the "diverse opinions" of a "tiny minority"?