Disclaimer: E-Ro was not involved in the making of this thread in any way, shape, or form: the message contained herein is not one that he agrees with. Also, no StanStans were harmed in the making of this post.
It’s pretty obvious that Stannis inspires a sort of hero worship in some fans, and I honestly find this perplexing because, as a person, Stannis comes up lacking to me in a few crucial areas. Consider for instance his deplorable human rights record. Is this the guy you want ruling Westeros? Here’s a brief rundown as I see it:
- Executions without trial: A blatant example of an abuse of human rights—the right to a fair trial is essentially an inalienable right as far as most are concerned.
- Cruel and unusual punishment: Both 1) mutilating Davos and 2) the whole burning people alive thing would not be condoned by any remotely decent humanitarian. Or any kind of humanitarian at all. Another strike against Stannis where human rights are involved.
- Freedom of religion: Though I wanted to be on Stannis’ side because he’s apparently an atheist, he then went ahead and burned the effigies of the Seven, along with the weirwoods, anyway. And then there’s the fact that he’s into Mel in the first place.
- Freedom of speech: Stannis doesn’t have a great track record wrt freedom of speech, either. Not only does he kill Alestor Florent for exercising this basic right, but he also refuses to let Davos speak up against Melisandre. He also imprisons political dissenters.
- Anti-gay agenda: “In your bed she’s like to die that way.” Not content with merely spreading this kind of hate vocally, Stannis then goes so far as to actually murder his brother, who also happens to be gay— coincidence? I’m not going to outright label this as a hate crime, but it’s certainly something to think about.
Just some things to think about when you next try to determine who would really make for the best potential King/Queen of Westeros.