A funny little thing just happened and in a way it points out the flaw in some peoples way of thinking about color and race.
I was checking my stats and saw that someone found my blog by searching for “queen guinevere” and I could not imagine how they got here performing that particular search.
I do occasionally post about Merlin, but figured that that wasn’t enough to get the search engines interested, so I plugged in the words myself. I did not see my blog show up in Google, but something else caught my eye: A link to a Queen Guinevere Barbie.
And you all know I can not resist a Barbie, so I clicked the link.
Imagine my surprise at what a saw: A Queen Guinevere Barbie Doll… that was not black. I blinked, thinking to myself: that can not possibly be right. I blinked again… and then I remembered.
In other words, Merlin has TOTALLY changed my perception of who Guinevere is. Several years ago, a Caucasian Guinevere doll would not have phased me in the slightest. Yet, this has just proved a point to me and should to everyone who dissed Gwen when Merlin first aired on television: Gwen’s color or race is not an issue whatsoever! She will be the Queen and is doing a heck of a job proving it!
I well remember the outrage that followed (and that continues some places on the web to this day) because Gwen is not portrayed as she was expected to be portrayed. Personally, I have totally accepted Angel Coulby as Guinevere, not for the color of her skin, but for the content of her character. I can not imagine her Merlin character being played by any other person, and I would hope that the majority of people out there feel the same way as I do.
(with apologies to Dr King)