Kit Harrington’s turn on Saturday Night Live certainly had its moments, unless you wanted spoilers for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. He made fun of VR video games, sang a few tunes and even did a bit of stripping. But one sketch has caused plenty of derision from Harrington’s core audience: nerds.
One sketch that didn’t get a lot of attention at the time involved Harrington as an office worker who wins an employee of the month award that his co-workers are clearly upset about. The three then start fighting, though it’s clear that the fighting is not all that real.
The sketch was clearly making fun of people who love things like Dungeons and Dragons. And, worse than that it showed a complete disregard for how turn-based combat actually works, it painted them all as nerdy weirdos with no regard for how the real world functions.
SNL sketches making people angry isn’t all that new, but D and D fans who were upset by this fought back in a unique way: they started posting selfies on Twitter.
The move is to disprove the stereotype that people who play pencil and paper RPGs look a certain way. And that, namely, all of them are dudes.
I doubt anyone is upset enough not to watch the final season of Game of Thrones if they were already gonna do that, but it’s nice to see that those that play D and D are as diverse as the fanbase that appreciates Harrington’s work on GOT.