Netflix’s The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has gone a Twitter hiatus following fan backlash after it was revealed the show was looking to race-swap the lead role of Ciri with a BAME (Black, Asian, or Ethnic Minority) actress.

Hissrich announced her hiatus from Twitter promising to focus working on the show.

Her hiatus comes after fans of The Witcher series of books and games questioned the reasoning behind the race swap of Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon or better known as Ciri. There were some fans who supported the idea.

However, there were many more who vehemently opposed the idea of the race swap. They pointed to the fact that a story rooted in Eastern European culture and lore was being washed away for American sensibilities.

One user even pointed to a past Tweet of Hissrich’s to voice her opinion.

In the past, Hissrich has said she would stick to the “books’ races and cultures.” She specifically stated she would not change people’s “cultural heritage or ethnic makeup or gender because I’m feeling really ‘liberal’ that day.”

No one has been announced to take on the role of Ciri. The only casting announcement for the show thus far is former Superman actor Henry Cavill will take on the role of Geralt of Rivia.

What do think of showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich’s decision to go on a Twitter hiatus? Was it the right thing to do?

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