YouTube reviewer and scooper Grace Randolph recently released her review of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and took Morfydd Clark’s Galadriel to task and claimed that Elrond and a number of male Elves are gay.
Randolph uploaded her review of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Note that the review only considers the first two episodes of the series.
In a section of the video she rated as the “worst character,” she specifically deals with Morfydd Clark’s Galadriel.
Randolph says, “As for the characters I didn’t like. Well, there’s actually only one character and that—while during the movies I never doubted I’d be a dwarf. Team imp. Here, the elves are so boring. Like wow. So boring.”
She continued, “I think the lack of movement is one of the things that hurts elves because elves are going to thrive during the action sequences in the movies. They were like, ‘Oh, look at that great work from Elf.'”
Randolph then turned her attention to Morphed Clarke and Galadriel, saying, “Morphed Clarke was very happy to get the big role of Galadriel. In fact, she said she fainted when she found out. So I feel bad because I have to report that she was the worst choice on the show and he pulled the whole thing off” .
“Galadriel made both Elven Mary Sue and Elven Karen want to talk to the manager. I can’t believe it! I can’t believe it’s such a horrible thing!”
Next, Randolph claims Elrond is gay explaining that “Robert Aramayo not only plays an ambitious elf who climbs the political hierarchy, but [Galadriel’s] The BFF is clearly gay, which makes me feel a very interconnected dynamic.”
“Their friendship is the only thing that softens Gladrill because if you love such a sweet and smart guy who can stand it, there must be something the rest of us don’t,” she explained.
While Randolph claims Elrond is Galadriel’s gay boyfriend, she then laments, “Tragically, there are no LGBT characters in every Lord of the Rings movie because JRR Tolkien was a devout Catholic.”
Then she argued, “I think [the showrunners are] Try to fly in the face of it as much as possible. I think there are a lot of subtexts here especially with elves. The openly gay actor Lee Pace did an amazing and captivating job in the Lord of the Rings films. I think whether JRR Tolkien liked it or not, I think that became a definite element of the Elves in particular in this world.”
“And I hope and am curious to see if they will go any further as the show progresses,” she said. “I mean you can cut the sexual tension in multiple scenes of a male imp with a knife. Do you know what it reminded me of?”
Then she compared the show to Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Rope He pushed a recent interpretation of the film as having subtext like me, “It was like watching Rope. It was one of the first LGBT movies ever made by a major studio and the reason Hitchcock was able to get away with it was because he didn’t tell the studio what he was doing or I even think Jimmy Stewart. When you watch this movie I don’t think Jimmy Stewart gets the subtext for that movie. But it’s very clear and the actors clearly know what they’re doing, and Hitchcock obviously knows what kind of story he’s telling.
Then she declared, “It’s cool. This is a great watershed moment in Hollywood history. But to keep watching a closed story in 2022, I mean it’s just a silly idea. You’re like, ‘These characters are LGBT, let’s explore them and let you know they’re cool. We do it!”
Randolph then returned to Clarke and her acting saying, “While her performance is definitely part of the problem, it doesn’t give Galadriel any nuance at all. Galadriel has such a status as one which is annoying.”
Randolph then references a scene in which Gladrill single-handedly kills a snow dwarf without the support of her all-male squad. “All the guys are just standing there and watching. I love why you guys aren’t a well-oiled machine that happens to be a leader. This was incredible. It was just shocking and ridiculous. They’re all just there and she says, ‘Don’t worry boys, I’m going to deal with this snow elf’ and you” like what? Why don’t you tell them like gambit A or gambit B? “
Randolph’s criticisms of Galadriel are unheard of. It’s exactly what Prime Video was selling with Galadriel.
Criticizing an official poster showing Galadriel wielding a sword and wearing a green dress, YouTuber European Lore noted, “This is something that all filmmakers, film studios, producers, and top personalities in the entertainment industry get wrong about female characters.”
Because they believe that you can only make a strong, interesting, and popular female character by essentially making her a man. Make every female character into a bad ass warrior who can kick the donkeys out of all the men around her. Get rid of her femininity. Get rid of beauty. Get rid of what makes the female characters really interesting and that’s the beautiful combination of strength, power, and beauty.”
As for Randolph’s claim that Elrond and many of the Elves males are gay, it seems to confirm a rumor from YouTuber Gary Buechler of Nerdrotic.
He claimed back in January, “I don’t usually run with rumors, but I’m going to give you the rumours. Email me a random stranger I’ve never met, who says he’s watching my channel, says he’s working on that surround somehow, and he says That there will be LGBT representation in Lord of the Rings on the Prime.”
What do you think of Randolph’s criticism of Galadriel? How about her assertion that Elrond is gay?