Black Game of Thrones Fans Have Built Their Own Universe Around Westeros (HBO)

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On Sunday night a record 17 million people tuned in for the premiere of Game of Thrones’s eighth and final season, making it one of the last examples of a collective viewing experience in American culture. And while we all enjoy the same show about feuding kingdoms and flying dragons, black fans have built their own universe out of Westeros.

They’ve taken a show with more magical creatures than recurring characters of color, and have somehow turned it into something unapologetically black.

Rod Morrow and his wife, Karen, are the hosts of the podcast called “The Black Guy Who Tips,” and they’ve popularized the hashtag #DemThrones, where black viewers put their own lens on the shows dramatic twists and turns.

“Moments that resonate with black people I think are a little bit different than just the major moments of the series,” Morrow said. The hashtag has everything from explicit, black humor to deep analyses of elements of race, class, and enslavement in the show.

VICE News went to Charlotte, North Carolina to watch “The Black Guy Who Tips” in action and then attended a premiere night cookout in Brooklyn.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. Rod Morrow and his wife, Karen, are the hosts of the podcast called “The Black Guy Who Tips,” and they've popularized the hashtag #DemThrones, where black viewers put their own lens on the shows dramatic twists and turns.
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  2. I heard that David Ortiz is going to be in the show as a pirate from the summer Islands, He will bring rum for everyone and then people will ask where did he get the rum and he will say that is from the Dominican Republic and to drink up and shut up!

  3. Sooo then next we should have a series called "dear black people" where black people will be the antagonist. Just asking also I'm black

    #MAGA2020

  4. I loved shared experiences of whiteness. I’m unapologetically white. Cool? Blacks have infantilized themselves with their perpetual identity politics. Yawn.

  5. "I'm white & my GOT community/podcast doesn't get recognition, why should they? Thumbs down!"

    -Folks who disliked this video

  6. I don’t have a problem with this, I just pose one question. Why does Vice produce videos and label groups of people as separate from the rest? It’s as if they’re saying oh black people are a whole different culture and heritage. All I see is Americans discussing game of thrones. Vice seems to make money off of creating division.

  7. I came here because of the podcast talking about haters on here. I don't see it. Must have been overrun. Great show!

  8. Daenerys isn't good though. She only freed the saves to upset the order of the city she freed them in. It was for a selfish reason.

  9. blacks are the most fragile and easily manipilated race on earth. they are such suckers for jewish products. game of thrones, black panther..

  10. I really do love the fact that this show is a conversation starter in almost any space with anyone because everyone that watches this show love to talk about it – with anyone! lol

  11. ***SPOILER ALERT***

    I’m curious what their reaction was when recently such an impactful black character was executed🤔

  12. G.O.T is one of the rare shows that not only pulls you in but also creates a dialogue for people- something that we are in short supply of

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