Gad totally roasted GoT fans for whining about the show’s script, suggesting they spend that energy to fight Alabama’s appalling anti-abortion law. His viral tweet urges people to “write officials to tell them to stop forcing women to have a rapists’ baby” instead of bemoaning season 8 of the popular HBO series.
The tweet put things into perspective, especially for Game of Thrones fans.
To the 35,000 people taking time out of their days to write HBO to tell them to reshoot Game of Thrones u don’t like the arc of the lady riding a dragon, how about you use some of that energy to write officials to tell them to stop forcing women to have a rapists’ baby
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) May 15, 2019
Governor Kay Ivey just signed a hugely controversial bill into law that could charge Alabama doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.
The new law also prohibits surgical abortions as soon as a pregnancy can be “medically determined.” Democrats tried to pass an amendment that would exempt rape and incest victims, but it failed on an 11-21 vote.
Josh Gad’s timely tweet about Game of Thrones overshadowing Alabama’s crisis blew up on Twitter.
Wait, people are really doing that? I am disappointed with this season as well, but come on people… let's finish watching and move on with our lives!
— ~theseviolentdelights🍂 (@_violentends) May 16, 2019
The hate isn't because it's not going the way people want. The showrunners were offered two full seasons to finish the show but insisted to do it in six episodes..the writing is full of holes, loose ends, and seemingly forced narratives due to time restraints. Its a joke
— Hilto (@LearnMeStuff) May 16, 2019
Send them beyond the wall…
— Ishu Pant (@ishu_pant) May 16, 2019
But not everybody agrees with Gad’s scathing criticism.
yea but the point is that people could do both or do either, BUT they choose to care more about a tv show than actual laws that can negatively effect people…
— 靜 (@tobygail) May 16, 2019
The two are not mutually exclusive.
— Nicole (@omygoditsnicole) May 16, 2019
I respectfully disagree. The top two reasons are “it would change my life” and “I can’t afford a baby”. Very selfish reasons to end a life. Even if it doesn’t have to be the #1 reason, that’s the reason people like to cling to and throw out all the time.
— Nighthawk (@MeaganRuth93) May 16, 2019
The viral tweet sparked plenty of debate.
Counter argument: people feel like they'll get more of a response from a business rather than our own government. Businesses usually want to make their customers happy.
— William Belloli (@SSBM_Aghi) May 16, 2019
What about the babies body?
— David Lender (@djlender) May 16, 2019
But the debate over real-life abortion and Game of Thrones got muddled.
Ppl arent mad about the Mad Queen plot, they're mad about how the showrunners beelined there without enough developed justification.
Foreshadowing does not equal a story arc.
— WhatTheFuq (@srslyWTFuq) May 16, 2019
Game of Thrones is based on medieval times, when women did not have any rights.
They have written great female characters that already go beyond the reality of "those kinda times".
Don't ask for 2019 logic in a show based on the years 1400/1500.
— ℒaura 🚬 (@Babadookeh) May 16, 2019
It's fiction, not discrimination. If feminists feel offended they can make own series or write books based on medieval settings with each gender having equal rights and about transgender women riding on dragon defeating an army of males.
— Paweł Salco (@PavSW) May 16, 2019
Of course, it’s possible to complain about GoT AND protest the Alabama abortion bill.
— Dean Eton (@edinamdean) May 16, 2019
Didn't realize the two were mutually exclusive, imagine wanting better representation for women in both entertainment and legislation pic.twitter.com/u9oUVJk50k
— n0f0x (@n0f0x) May 16, 2019
But you’ve gotta respect Josh Gad for using his platform to speak out.
Josh, thank you for using your platform to address this most important issue. What is happening right now is sickening. I will always strongly support a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions and obviously they shouldn't have to birth a rapist's baby.
— Jeff Parris (@jeffreyparrisne) May 16, 2019
Yes, Twitter — it’s possible to simultaneously care about Game of Thrones and abortion in Alabama.
But let’s be honest: people can get way more obsessive about entertainment than real-life social issues. If you’ve got time to sign a useless petition to remake Game of Thrones, consider getting involved in the fight against Alabama’s draconian abortion laws.