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Is Arya Stark The Only White Person With A 100% Black Approval Rating?

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The answer, of course — and by “of course” I mean “according to my timelines and text messages whenever Game of Thrones is on” — is yes.

Now, there have been white people, real and fictional, as beloved by Black people as Arya Stark. Meryl Streep. Batman. Thisbe, from Pyramus and Thisbe. The list isn’t very long. But there is a list. Still, each person on this list has detractors, placing their Black people approval ratings in the ninety-two to ninety-eight percentile. (Joe Biden, for instance, has people who remember some of the things he did and said before he was everyone’s favorite septuagenarian white homeslice.) 98% is great! But 98% still isn’t 100%.

And for good reason. She’s had a uniquely terrible stretch of years for a show that has given everyone not named Littlefinger some serious fuckshit to deal with at some point. But instead of getting all #allwesteroslivesmatter and blaming the seven Black people in the seven kingdoms for her fate, she went and found the real sources of her pain — privileged and problematic White people — and has devoted her life to ending theirs. Her entire existence is Black Person’s Wish Fulfillment. She’s basically the caucasian John Shaft.

Of course, she can fuck things up tomorrow by going on Westeros Twitter to talk shit about Beyonce’s baby announcements. But for now, Arya’s approval rating remains unblemished.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Queen@

    People I don’t trust:

    1. People who’ve never watched Breaking Bad
    2. People who’ve never watched Game of Thrones
    3. People who’ve never watched the Walking Dead
    4. People who drink decaf coffee

    • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

      Points 3 and 4 most definitely. So we seeing BBB again?

      • Queen@

        Yaaass! My thirst wants to ask him to dinner tomorrow or Wednesday. I gotta feel the vibe when we talk tonight.

        • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

          Sate that thirst M’Girl.

    • Darkchloe144

      2 AND 3 gotta be there, dang.

    • Uncle Remus

      1. never got past season 1
      2. i’m the annoying guy who just likes the books better
      3. never got past season 1
      4. we agree on their lack of trustworthiness

      • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

        You need Jesus

      • Queen@

        #4 Saved you.

      • Jetblakc

        I look the books better too. Still in the pantheon of “Best shows on TV ever”

    • BM, President of Fuckery

      Yes.
      I’ve watched some of it.
      I’m not into zombies. At all.
      I hate coffee.

      • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

        Pup pup pup. Sigh

      • Queen@

        It’s okay to hate coffee. It’s decaf coffee drinker, I don’t trust. Like they want to pretend to be down. Look like they into coffee…just pretenders.

        • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

          I feel the same way about decaf black tea

          • SororSalsa

            Is there a reason to drink decaf black tea? If you want to go caffeine-free, there are so many types of herbal tea that are much more interesting.

            • Gibbous

              Herbal tea is not tea, though. If it doesn’t contain actual tea leaves, then it’s technically an “herbal infusion”

              If it says “tea” on the package, there’d better be actual tea in there. Also, none of these flowers, spices, flavors, or whatnot. Orange Pekoe, Darjeeling and Earl Gray. Dassit!

              • CParis

                I’m with you. I start my day with a cup of Irish Breakfast (more Assam, bolder than English Breakfast), switch to a Tippy Yunnan mid-afternoon, then an Oolong after dinner. Tea forever!

    • Val

      <— has never seen Game of Thrones or any of the Walking Dead shows. I'd watch Game of Thrones given the chance but not interested in Zombies.

      • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

        GOT has Zombies in it too.

        • Val

          Shouldn’t of told me that. Lol My interest level just dropped by 50%.

          • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

            Man. You need to watch it. Lol

          • blkgrlMAGICALfairydust_glitter

            noooooo val watch it lol it’s not “zombies” it’s soooo good u have to watch it lol

          • L8Comer

            Doesn’t have zombies exactly… some supernatural elements. I guess something zombie-like as in not quite alive or dead, but you’ll almost never see them. Not zombies like Walking dead tho

          • heroinejunkie

            It’s like 1% zombies

          • I can’t stand Zombies either, but I’ve read yesterday that they’re based on Haitian Vodoun. I’d be very interested to see a version of that in pop-culture.

          • Cleojonz

            They are not the same drooling shuffling nasty things you think of when you think of zombies. They are just undead. I wouldn’t watch it if it was like that. Plus they don’t show up that often.

          • Wizznilliam

            They are kinda zombies but not REALLY zombies… I’s complicated. I’m going to keep it real.. Yea, Game of Thrones is cool to watch right now… But if you haven’t seen the previous seasons you wont’ know what the_hell is going on. And I don’t know if I can even recommend you try to sit down and catch up on all those old seasons. We are talking about a serious time commitment… Maybe when you retire. It ain’t that many black people in it anyway.. :)

            • Val

              Hopefully it will come to netflix even though HBO is stingy with their content.

              • Kale Von Celery

                It’s on Hulu now.

                • Val

                  Thanks.

          • Yahmo Bethere

            No! They are enchanted beings! NOT zombies!!

      • Brown Rose

        I loathe Zombies.

      • NomadaNare

        You aight

      • SororSalsa

        I love zombies, but I’ve never been into TWD. RIP George Romero…loved his movies and Shaun of the Dead.

        • Mary Burrell

          Shaun of the Dead is hilarious

      • Mary Burrell

        The Walking Dead is one of my favorites but each to his own.

      • YeaSoh

        Zombies don’t enter the storyline that often in Game of Thrones

      • Joelle

        I used to feel that way about the Walking Dead. “Why do I want to watch a show about zombies??” Then I was bored one day and watched the first episode on Netflix. I was hooked! It’s more about the survivors than the zombies. Game of Thrones is a better show though.

      • KB

        GOT is cool, but I am not cult like about it like others (their fans are the tv version of the Beyhive). Breaking Bad on the other hand was my ish. Saw a handful of episodes of The Wire. Really good show but just lost track of it and never got back on. I don’t care for the whole zombie genre as its been worn to death so TWD never really interested me. Right now I am trying to get into Westworld on HBO.

    • Hugh Akston

      1. Finished first episode
      2. Never pressed play
      3. Seen parts but never a full episode
      4. What’s decaf coffee?

    • I’m the first three. Fight me.

      • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

        Whut?? I mean whaatt??

        • LMNOP

          I haven’t watched any of those either.

          • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

            Girl. * throws arms around L* We have some work to do

        • I watch sports, pr0n and kids stuff. #dassit

          • LMNOP

            Lmao, what an interesting combination. You must have a crazy Netflix suggestions list.

            • Netflix is my only real “TV” source right now. And I get ALL the pr0n documentaries in there. ALL of them.

              • LMNOP

                Wait, you watch pr*n on Netflix???? I had no idea that was a thing you could watch on Netflix.

                • Epsilonicus

                  You can’t watch pron on Netflixx

                  • LMNOP

                    Good, that’s what I thought.

                  • Val

                    They’d make billions more than they do now if the did.

                    • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

                      New meaning to Netflix and chill

                    • cedriclathan

                      That would be a stiff chill, thank you.

                    • BrothasKeeper

                      NetfliXXX.

                    • YeaSoh

                      Omg this brilliant. Drafting my billion dolla proposal right n…

                • Val

                  They have documentaries about p@rn and p@rn stars on Netflix.

                  • LMNOP

                    Oh. Okay. This must be how Todd knows so much about p@rn too. Did you know 80% of women watch p*rn? Fun fact I learned from Todd.

                    • Val

                      80%? That’s a lot. I know women watch p@rn but I would have guessed maybe 60%.

                    • LMNOP

                      I would have guessed it was lower too.

                • Not on Netflix no. But there are a lot of documentaries on the industry there. . And after watching a few, you couldn’t pay me enough money to work as a pr0n stud. Nope.

            • Kitty Kee from DC

              BOL. True

          • cedriclathan

            Just don’t get drunk and mix the three…

            • Nope. I watch kids stuff with my daughter and the rest when she isn’t around. She doesn’t really check for sports unless it’s the WNBA and maybe the Yankees.

      • Queen@

        Real coffee saved you. Lol

    • I agree completely about #4. 1 and 2 are no goes for me and people who still watch Walking Dead will try to convince you that To Pimp a Butterfly is the soundtrack for the perfect turn up.

      • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

        Et tu Brute?

        • I quit watching TWD for the same reason I quit reading the comic- not enough action.

          • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

            So GOT?

            • That sh*t looks stupid. Not my bag. Dragons son?!?!

              Looks like Conan with an extended plot.

              • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

                You got an Orange Man in charge who can give Pinocchio a run for his money, dragons are more believable

              • Val

                Lol @ Dragons son?!?!

            • cedriclathan

              Yep. That’s all I got for that list.

    • Brown Rose

      1,3,4 fit me. Never finished Breaking Bad.

      • Queen@

        Breaking Bad is in my top 3.

        • Brown Rose

          It was good. I need to finish it as Tuco was just –off the wall. That actor did a great job of creating psychopathic crazy.

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      • Brown Rose

        lol. *stealing*

      • This expression kills me every time.

        • Cleojonz

          It will never not be funny.

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      • Queen@

        I just laughed out loud.

      • Tlholohelo Makatu

        This face is too much. It has so many meanings. Like her face is frozen dafuq lmao

    • :'(

    • NomadaNare

      Whats wrong with decaf coffee

      • LMNOP

        It’s like drinking dry water.

        • NomadaNare
          • LMNOP

            This is why I can’t talk to people over a certain IQ level lol.

            You try to end a conversation with a rhetorical “why is water wet?” And they answer you with a chemistry lesson.

            • cedriclathan

              LOL

            • NomadaNare

              I still dont know whats wrong with decaf

    • MostlyMax

      Legit. I would also add people who don’t curse to that list

    • nillalatte
      • Queen@

        As long as the one is drinking real coffee.

    • L8Comer

      Walking Dead is just okay. When nothing else is on.

      • Queen@

        Come on… Mishon(sp) is everything.

        • L8Comer

          Michonne (I think that’s it) is just one character. And she just recently started to show a range of emotion.

        • Mary Burrell

          Michone is amazing and Carol they are the queens of the apocalypse.

    • cedriclathan

      Is 1 out of 4 bad? (goes to sit in the corner until mom comes home)

      • nillalatte

        Depends on which one. I’ve never seen an episode of Breaking Bad. I saw some parts of Game of Thrones (and by some parts I mean a naked lady before I grabbed the remote from my son and flipped the channel), I’ve sort of kind of seen Walking Dead only because it was on and my son was watching it. I don’t drink coffee, decaf or not. ¯_(?)_/¯

        • cedriclathan

          I’ve only watched Game of Thrones. Have never seen any of the other ones. Decaf, might as well be drinking R Kelly’s pizz after a Starbucks run.

          • Queen@

            Not pzz ??

      • Queen@

        Is the one drinking coffee? Then you are safe. Lol

        • cedriclathan

          No. I only watch GOT. So, I guess I’m too dumb to know the rules. I’m 2 out of 2 on your trust scale after rereading. I’ll pick you up from the airport…. half the time.

          • Queen@

            I giggled out loud. Lol

    • Kas

      I don’t trust people who aren’t motivated by money. You never know what the fuck they are going to do. I like people with simple motives.

      • AnzieM

        That’s how I feel about people motivated by money.

        • Kas

          People motivated by money are simple. You may not be able to trust them, but trust you can figure out what they will do in any given situation.

          • Yahmo Bethere

            Hondo Ohnaka

          • LuLu ORange

            Thats how i process trump and nem.

      • Cheech

        What about kunache?

        • Kas

          ??

          • Cheech

            (Pu $$ y)

            • nillalatte

              I died— only because you had to translate that! lmao

            • YeaSoh

              Oh you mean baby daddies?? Willing to risk it all just to hit it raw

    • V5*

      TWD isn’t nearly good enough to be on that list. It’s like being really aggressive towards people who didn’t watch Dexter. Can’t trust people who haven’t watched the Wire though.

      • cedriclathan

        The wire is the base line for excellence!

        • YeaSoh

          Oh I thought it was about selling dope

          • cedriclathan

            …in television production. For me The Wire surpassed the Sapranos as the best show produced exclusively for television.

            • YeaSoh

              I don’t know why I just could not get into the Wire. I think I’ve surpassed my black destruction narratives limit when it comes to entertainment

              • cedriclathan

                No. It was much more than that and subsequent seasons had different themes. It was really good at character development and showing you the various sides of certain stereotypes. A gay female cop? The most feared gangster is a gay black man. The most astute businessman is the brains behind the drug gang? An out of town assassin is a bow tied Muslim. Where, in those times would you see that narrative?

                • YeaSoh

                  I get it but I honestly can’t process anymore slavery, drug/gang culture narratives – I’ve seen too many and I’m over it. Ready for somebody other storylines.

                  • cedriclathan

                    Yea. I feel you on that note. I can’t watch any slave movies or for the most part the whole black gangster movie scene. I’m not trying to steer you wrong, but, The Wire was something beyond that typical stereotype storyline. The characters were fleshed out in a way that it seemed like they wrote their own story, not the other way around. If you can get past your prejudices against those storylines you say you hate, I think you might enjoy The Wire as pure art. Television at its highest art form up until Game of Thrones came around.

                    • YeaSoh

                      Ok. The next time the “things to watch” list is empty (which happens far too often – I should read more) I will definitely give it a shot.

      • Kas

        Dexter was pretty good at one time before it jumped the whale.

        • Val

          First 3 seasons were good. After that it was a struggle to watch.

        • Yeah Dexter towards the end.. git stupid.

      • Queen@

        I’ll give you The Wire, but new mills are gonna be like what?

      • Mary Burrell

        I have yet to watch The Wire and Breaking Bad

        • Londa

          Yeah, I haven’t watched either of those. However, I do drink caffeinated coffee, so I think I’m still trustworthy.

        • Janelle Doe

          Me too

      • ladyfresh

        #actually don’t trust folks who think they know anything because they watched the wire esp as entertainment.
        I lived through ENY in the 70s and Bushwick in the 80s.
        I saw the problem that is the wire fans coming from get go.

        • DizzyLizzyGyal

          Makes sense. My ex grew up in the projects in Jersey and had zero interest in The Wire. Like how I did not want to watch The OC AT ALL since I went to school with and grew up around rich wypipo. Sometimes we don’t want to see fictionalized versions of things we know from real life because they don’t really compare.

          • Yahmo Bethere

            How I feel about Scandal and House of Cards.

            I don’t want to watch DC drama after work.

        • Junegirl627

          Cuz when the East is in the house OMG DANGER!!

          Yes more ENY people up in here

          • OH LAWD!! lmao I have heard that enough for fifty lifetimes..lmao

            • Junegirl627

              It’s our national anthem

              • I’m no longer #TeamENY sooo…lmao

                • Junegirl627

                  Oh noooo! ??
                  I’m sorry to hear that. Well I’m still #TeamNegraLaMuñeca because the East remembers (Game of Thrones) sooooo there!

          • msbkbeauty

            Fo Sho.!

        • Transbutter

          I see where you’re coming from. This is part of the reason why it’s difficult for me to watch shows like this as well.

          • ladyfresh

            Glad y’all understood me lol. I can’t watch the house/basketball wive reality shows either I rolled a crew of women w the same mentality fascinating in my twenties I have to say so I understand why folks watch the shows but I parted ways w those ladies cause man it’s a lot once you hit your thirties ?

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        1) agreed
        2) agreed
        3) agreed

      • Moto Myki

        I’ve never seen a episode of the wire. I’m so ashamed. Please don’t revoke my black card *cries*

    • VeronicaMars

      Welp.

    • SororSalsa

      1 out of 4 ain’t bad.

    • Gibbous

      Basically, you can’t trust me because I don’t have cable TV?

      • Don’t forget the coffee part!

      • Queen@

        Coffee can save you. Lol

        • Gibbous

          I do love my coffee, though. 1 (20 oz) per day makes my day. No decaf, no frouffee coffee with syrups & flavors, just cream and sugar. I love how it tastes, smells, feels in my hands and going down my throat.

          (is that enough?)

          • KMN

            LMAO that was slightly erotic and 100% correct

          • Queen@

            That’s perfect. I drink my coffee black. Straight black.

          • Uuummm Ma’am… your visual…. lmao

          • YeaSoh

            We still talking about coffee?

            • Gibbous

              Look, coffee in not just a drink, it’s a gustatory experience!

            • Gibbous

              . . . maybe.

    • Baltimore Babe

      Does Fear of the walking Dead count? LOL because I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life. Lol

      • Queen@

        I’ll give you Fear of the Walking Dead. It is in my DVR to watch. Is it good?

        • Baltimore Babe

          Yes, it’s good. It’s not GOT, Breaking Bad or The Wire, but it’s kept my interest for three seasons.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      *not on trust list*

      I side eye people that haven’t seen The Wire.

    • Keep It Real

      ? my husband…

    • llamos

      (oh, God… Reaches for remote, eyeing coffee cup)

    • Cleojonz

      I don’t do zombies so no walking dead for me. Guess we can’t play no more and I have the sadz now.

      • Queen@

        Happy eyez, Cleo :-)

    • BrothasKeeper

      What about 2 out of 3?

      • Queen@

        I trust you, Bro… :-)

    • Janelle Doe

      well, this changes things …

      • Queen@

        Haha…

    • Welp, it’s been a nice run. I’ve never watched any of those shows and I don’t drink coffee.

      • Queen@

        Pinks! My ego’s alter… say it aint so. What about the Wire…. The Simpsons? Simpsons should save us.

        • Neither!

          I have been accosted and cast out for my Simpsons nonwatching before

    • DB

      1. Never seen. Had a grad school project about the effects of meth on a house.
      2. Seen every episode.
      3. Never seen.
      4. Do not drink coffee period. Hate the taste.

    • Wizznilliam

      I don’t get the Walking Dead hate… If you’ve never watched much of it then okay, that’s fine.. Everything ain’t for everybody. But if you on some, ‘I only watched Seasons 1-X because now for some reason I’m better than TWD’ ??.. Now your are suspect to me. Now I can’t take anything out your mouth seriously. And I REALLY hate the people always trying to compare Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.. Why?? Why fo you can’t let them each shine on their own?

    • KeciB

      What about people who don’t drink coffee or caffeine?

  • BM, President of Fuckery

    Lip Gallagher is another one.

    • Epsilonicus

      Lip is that ninja for real. Fiona is a thot though

      • NomadaNare

        Fi is one of the few white girls that can get it though

        • Epsilonicus

          I ain’t say she couldn’t get it. She just a hot mess though.

          I’m on seaso 6. I love that V and Svetlana got this love thang going

          • NomadaNare

            Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeiiittt in theory I did

            When you sleep with someone it subconsciously acknowledges that you wouldnt be *too* mad if someone slipped up and she got preggers

            Saying a yt woman can get it from me is HIGH praise

  • Val

    HBO needs to be free for a 3 or 4 weekends so I can finally watch this.

    • Uncle Remus

      solarmovie.so
      everything?
      everything.

      • Val

        Yeah, don’t trust those sites but thanks.

        • Uncle Remus

          I like my money more than I like the throwaway laptop running on linux.

    • Darkchloe144

      I might don’ my eyepatch for a bit.

      • Val

        Lol Is that a Game of Thrones reference?

        • Darkchloe144

          No, I mean Imma pirate the series cuz I don’t want to pay for HBO, lol.

          • Val

            Lol Gotcha.

          • cedriclathan

            It’s usually on PB later that evening anyway. I think I watched the whole 1st season of Homeland like that.

    • Hikaru2k13

      Sign up for HBO Now’s free month trial, then cancel right before your time is up. That’s 4 episodes right there. But without watching the other 6 seasons, you’d be lost.

      • Val

        I’d do that but I don’t trust Comcast. Signing up would be easy but knowing Comcast getting out of it will be a hassle.

        • Annalise Keating

          I think HBO now is HBOs app. It’s independent of any cable provider. You just download the app and sign up directly with HBO.
          Edit: Be sure to download HBO now Not HBO go.

          • Brown Rose

            Yep. That is how I watched Westworld.

        • LMNOP

          Comcast is like Rumplestiltskin. You think you got a good deal, everything’s fine until they come back trying to collect your first born child.

        • ThatJerseyGirl

          HBO Now is totally separate from Comcast. You don’t have to go through them to cancel HBO Now.

        • Hikaru2k13

          You DON’T have to sign-up through Comcast, I signed up through Roku, but you can also use Apple, Android, Verizon, Hulu, Amazon, Samsung & a few other places. There are also places where you can watch ALL of the old episodes. :) :o

    • Chris Robertson

      HBO now free for a month. It has all 6 seasons included, plus any other HBO show. If your anything like me you have multiple email accounts.

    • cysinblack

      Someone needs to hip you to watching pirated content online.

  • Hugh Akston
  • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop
    • Val

      This sort of thing happens over and over. Prolly did it on purpose. They get a whole bunch of press and they might gain a few Deplorable customers.

      • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

        Well considering it is their Harrods, I will not be surprised

    • cedriclathan

      How does this sort of thing get past so many editors and product reviewers without somebody noticing? I guess it’s because the description, “Niqqa brown” made perfect sense to them (and the fact that there probably aren’t any b POC in that department).

      • MakesMeWannaShoopShoopShoop

        Because these persons cosign the description, having worked out a recourse and apology if a stink arises

    • nillalatte

      WTF is wrong with people?

    • LMNOP

      Wow.

  • NomadaNare

    Soooooo were just forgetting all about the square biz we talked with Teena Marie then

    Cool

  • L8Comer

    I like Arya, but I love Lady Olenna. Her relentless and biting shade reminds me so much of my late Aunt.

    I fuck with Lady Mormont the long way as well.

    • Mary Burrell

      Is that the Diana Rigg character the old lady i like her.

      • BrothasKeeper

        She was a fine YT woman back in the day.

        • Mary Burrell

          The original Avengers she was Emma Peel.

        • Cleojonz

          I had to google this. She was a cutie pie!

      • L8Comer

        Yep!

    • LilMissSideEye

      Her “keep quiet, the grown ups are talking” moment was evvvverything.

      • L8Comer

        There’s a YouTube compilation of her best moments. It’s missing a few but it always cheers me up:)

  • Kat

    Watched two episodes many moons ago. Lost.

    • ThatJerseyGirl

      I got lost in the first few episodes too. Then I got the first book in the series, read about halfway through to get a grasp of who everyone was, then went back to the show. It was a lot easier to follow after that!

  • Arya’s my favourite character in the entire book – she’s a bit different than portrayed on the TV show (colder and so incredibly isolated). I would need for the series to end before I can offer any kind of stamp of approval. There’s still time (and hundreds of pages) for something to go wrong.

  • King Beauregard

    Oh hey, it’s that young lady from a few episodes of “Doctor Who”!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAAc6qBty8g

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