CFF Statement on the online abuse of Mariana Rios Maldonado
The Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic (CFF) at the University of Glasgow condemns online attacks, harassment, and bullying against our Equality and Diversity Officer and PhD researcher Mariana Rios Maldonado.
In recognition of her standing as a scholar with special expertise in Tolkien studies, Mariana was interviewed by journalists, and a short quotation from the interview was included in the 10 February 2022 exclusive Vanity Fair article ‘Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series Rises: Inside The Rings of Power’,which revealed some of the casting, plotline, and other choices behind the highly-anticipated TV epic.
This quotation has elicited unwarranted and unacceptable abuse and misinformation from certain quarters who have taken against the series’ diverse casting.
We are saddened to see hate and abuse directed towards a person of colour researching Tolkien, and we stand by Mariana, her research, and her inclusive approach to fantasy. These are values the Centre shares, clearly articulated in our Code of Conduct.
Dr Dimitra Fimi
Senior Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature, CFF Co-Director
Dr Robert Maslen
Senior Lecturer in English Literature, CFF Co-Director