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Rings of power: After criticizing the series, Elon Musk clashed with the creator of Sandman.

The spin-off The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power was a real success as the first two episodes went live on Friday, September 2nd on Prime Video. Quite simply, the series currently holds the record for most views at launch on the SVOD platform with 25 million viewers. But the series, being more inclusive, caused a lot of ink to spill. Elon Musk also directed the series on Twitter. But American Gods and The Sandman author Neil Gaiman criticized the billionaire’s departure.

A more inclusive series than the original adaptation

The Ring of Power takes place 3,000 years before the events of J. R. R. Tolkien’s original novel, during what is known as the Second Age. At the moment, the series is enjoying great success, even if, of course, there are many episodes to be discovered. The adventures of the series begin after the war between the armies of the first Dark Lord Morgoth and before Sauron’s rise to power. As the elves announce the end of the war, Galadriel, who has lost one of her kin, does not hear this and wants to continue her quest to kill Sauron.

If most fans seem defeated, the Amazon series has suffered from review bombing so much that Amazon has taken the lead in banning opinions from a site or app. As a reminder, review bombardment consists of Internet users who have multiple accounts and systematically post opinions for the sole purpose of harming a product or related content. Indeed, the series also makes a bet on diversity, which is not to everyone’s taste. Without criticizing diversity, Elon Musk left his stupid little tweet.

Almost every male character is still a coward, a jerk, or both. Only Galadriel is brave, smart and sweet.

September 5, 2022

Tolkien will return to the grave.

So far, almost all male characters are either cowards or jerks, or both. Only Galadriel is brave, smart and kind.

Neil Gaiman replied to Elon Musk

But criticism of a billionaire is bad for the author of American Gods and The Sandman. When a Twitter user asks Gaiman what he thinks of Elon Musk’s statements, Gaiman responds by discussing the Twitter takeover with him, in part.

Elon Musk doesn’t come to me for advice on how not to buy Twitter, and I don’t go to him for criticism of movies, television, or literature. https://t.co/WpyXhQlqIh

September 6, 2022

Elon Musk doesn’t come to me for advice on how not to take over Twitter, and I don’t come to him for reviews of movies, TV shows, or literature.

Some also pointed out that criticism of the SpaceX boss was mostly about competing with Jeff Bezos, the Amazon boss. Anyway, Elon Musk talks a lot about him on his favorite social network, which he stopped buying. In fact, we don’t know if the criticism of the show is the result of the ideology towards the show that bid for inclusion. Meanwhile, the third episode of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power will be available online from Friday 6am on Amazon Prime Video.

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