Popular Culture Review 29.1 (Spring 2018) - Page 43

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: I can raise your dead, Regent- Lord. Your rangers can fight again. Lor’themar Theron: Sylvanas! You will leave our corpses alone, or I will deal with you here and now. Again, we see Sylvanas as the practical tactician and Lor’themar as reacting emotionally and out of racial and reproductive prejudice. Although he is delighted to have the aid of Sylvanas’ troops, and was once her second-in-command in fighting the Scourge, he is horrified at the notion of his rangers being given a second chance at life (or more properly, perhaps, “unlife”) if it means their becoming Forsaken and being revived in a way that he finds somehow repulsive or unnatural. One is reminded here of the people who might claim not to be racist or homophobic but who still would not live in a mixed-race neighborhood, be reluctant to vote for a leader of a different race, and be horrified if a member of their family wanted to marry a member of a different race or same gender. In Legion, the August 2016 WoW expansion, Sylvanas finally becomes Warchief of the Horde. Rather than this being a moment of unambiguous celebration, vindicating Sylvanas and signaling an end to the prejudice against her and the Forsaken, Vol’jin, on his deathbed, appoints her as Warchief with considerable reluctance, saying: I have never trusted you. Nor would I have ever imagined... in our darkest time... dat you... would be da one to save us. Da spirits have granted me clarity. A vision... dey whisper a name. Many will not unda’stand. But you must step out of da shadows... and lead. You must be... War...chief... Rather than a ringing endorsement, this perpetuates the trope of the woman as untrustworthy and not fully deserving power. Instead of praising her for surviving the trauma of torture by Arthas, breaking free of his influence, helping other undead achieve freedom, fighting for the Horde, preserving her race, and using elements of guile and strategy to survive against overwhelming odds, Vol’jin simply forwards a message from the spirits in a way that suggests that he himself agrees to their commands with some reluctance, a position that parallels many of the endorsements of Clinton as the “lesser of two evils”. Authority and Legitimacy Both rhetorical authority and ]X[Y][XXH[Hۂ]]ܚXX[[8']'H܈H\X\وHXZ\\\H ]ܚXJH[X\]Y[]ܚXX[]YB][]YܚY\[[X]ܙX]YHܙXB[[\\[][ۈ\[HYX[^[X][[Y[و\X\^\[[Hܛ]YHHܙق