Genuinely never got this one. Hes viewed very positively in Danys POV for about three books. Even when he is exiled she is clear that hes "my strong right hand who has never failed me". You then have Tyrions POV where he is trying to make amends in anyway he can and is willing to walk back into the Battle of Meereen. He gets beaten and humiliated for his efforts. I don't think GRRM is going for the readers wanting this character to suffer in the same way as the Mountain. Yes, Tyrion does remark "you have crimes to pay for Ser Jorah", but this is rich coming from a man who murdered his father and strangled a woman to death because she lied to him; so its more reflective on Tyrion than Jorah. I agree that GRRM does try to darken the character with thuggish behavior and occasionally giving off a slightly creepy vibe. But this almost always countered by him usually acting chivalrously and ambiguity from Dany. For instance in book 2 she "shivers" after Jorah remarks (only on her prompting) that she looked as good as Lynesse, however she then goes on to imagine what it would be like having sex with him and feels sad that she can't love him better than she can. So she does consider having sex with him. There are lots of examples of male characters molesting female characters and I don't think Jorah is put in the same category by GRRM.
Plus, there seems to be an assumption that Jorah is a sarcastic subversion of a trope that we are meant to find funny. TBH, I don't really see that and I would sincerely ask what would make you think GRRM is doing that?
Also, I'd just like to add. The zealously over protective thing that Dany interprets to be him wanting to make her rely on him. I think people are too quick to accept Danys POV on this. Shes mad at him in that scene because as she said earlier "he treats me as a child" and also still has the kiss scene in the back of her mind. Warning her that Daario, a sellsword who just betrayed his companions, might spill the beans to the Yunkish; isn't exactly unreasonable. Note that Jorah calling the age and experience card is what got her angry. Whats really happening is the tension between an over-protective but sincere mentor and a younger character who is gaining power and confidence. A very good parrallell would be from Wheel of Time where Rand al Thor mistrusts Moiraines motives and advice purely because he feels controlled by her and that shes only doing what she wants. In other words, what happens between Dany/Jorah is very much the sort of conflict you would expect between those two types of characters. So I don't think theres that much call to judge Jorah over this incident.
Edited by Tyrion1991, 21 November 2013 - 08:05 PM.