'We can all hope the future will be more colourful than the past': David Oyelowo criticises Game Of Thrones for lack of ethnic minority characters
He's been vocal in his plight to include more diversity in film and television.
And David Oyelowo has claimed there is 'absolutely no excuse' for a fantasy series like Game Of Thrones to only use ethnic minorities in minor and secondary roles.
Speaking to the Radio Times, the Golden Globe nominee explained: 'The fact that they put any ethnic minorities in that means that there should be space for bigger characters because you’re not just saying "OK this is purely a white world, and here are very story-driven reasons why that’s the case."'
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Hitting back: David Oyelowo has claimed there is 'absolutely no excuse' for a fantasy series like Game Of Thrones to only use ethnic minorities in minor and secondary roles
He reasoned: 'So for me, there is absolutely no excuse in a show like that why there aren’t more prominent characters of colour.'
Whilst the HBO series has featured several people of colour in its history, the British Nigerian actor chastisted the show for not bringing them to the forefront in its five-year history.
David added that the lack of diversity was an issue across all types of TV and film as he announced: 'We can all, I think, hope that our future is gonna be more colourful than what our past has been, certainly in terms of cinematic depictions.'
In the background: David said the HBO series has featured several people of colour (pictured Jacob Anderson and Nathalie Emmanuel) but has not brought them to the forefront
Game Of Thrones has featured some ethnic minorities in its ever-changing cast, including army general Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), translator Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), pirate Salladhor Saan (Lucian Msamati), wealthy schemer Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anozie) and guard Areo Hotah (DeObia Oparei).
However, David is not the first star to speak out about the lack of diversity in the Emmy-winning series.
Singer Will.i.am previously admitted the lack of black characters in the show was 'annoying', whilst George R.R. Martin - who wrote the books behind the series - was forced to address the issue after being questioned by fans.
Campaigning: David added that lack of diversity was an issue across all types of TV and film
In one of several posts on his blog discussing diversity, he wrote: 'I do know that [show creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] and HBO do favor having a racially and ethnically diverse cast on the series.
He continued: 'It is true that we’ve lost several black characters who appear in the novels (Chataya and Alayaya, Jalabhar Xho, Strong Belwas), but to balance that, characters like Salladhor Saan and Xaro Xhoan Daxos, both white in the books, have been played by black actors.
'Missandei as well, though in the books the Naathi are golden-skinned, not white.'
Backlash: Nathalie Emmanuel - who plays Daenerys Targaryen [Emilia Clarke's] translator on the series, defended the show last year after she was asked about playing a freed slave
Meanwhile, former Hollyoaks actress Nathalie Emmanuel - who plays Daenerys Targaryen [Emilia Clarke's] translator on the series, defended the show last year after she was asked about playing a freed slave.
'I understand people’s feelings on the issue,' she told the Telegraph.
'But, at the same time I think the show is really good at creating characters of all races and color that have power and education.
'It’s not just a stereotype of "white powerful person" and "enslaved non-white person" – I think it’s a bit more complicated than that.'
In defence: Natalie explained that she believes the show features a range of characters across all races in a variety of roles that are not necessarily stereotypical
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