George R.R. Martin is more known for writing gripping medieval dramas than political opinion, but the “Game of Thrones” author went against his normal style in a blog post slamming Republicans and so-called “Teabaggers” for what he called voter suppression.
The author used his blog to attack Republicans, saying that recent voter purges in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Florida were aimed at taking non-Republicans off the voting rolls, the Huffington Post noted.
George R.R. Martin wrote:
The people behind these efforts at disenfranchising large groups of voters (the young, the old, the black, the brown) are not Republicans, since clearly they have scant regard for our republic or its values. They are oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants.
The “Game of Thrones” author has been known to dabble in political writing occasionally, and has made his Democratic views clear. He once called Pres. Obama “the most intelligent president we’ve had since Jimmy Carter” and can be outspoken about some political issues.
He even hinted that some of the “Game of Thrones” writings have political undertones. In replying to a comment on his blog post, George R.R. Martin wrote:
“FWIW [For What It's Worth]… I am pretty upfront about my political views… but I also strive to keep contemporary politics out of my medieval fantasies.Mind you, there are certain themes that are universal — musings on power, justice, the purpose of government — and those will inevitably be a part of any book that treats with kings and wars, etc.
This is also no the first time the politics of “Game of Thrones” and George R.R. Martin have made headlines. Earlier this year the HBO show based on and named for the book stirred controversy by using a wax figure of George W. Bush as a decapitated head on a spike.