The popular HBO vampire series “True Blood” has come in for its share of criticism over sex and violence, but now it is coming under fire for something else altogether, Reuters reports.
The community of witches appears to be up in arms over the behavior of one character in particular: Marnie, who has been a focal point of the show’s current fourth season. Marnie becomes the physical conduit for a long-dead witch, Antonia, who is bent on revenge against the vampires who burned her at the stake, the story says.
Reuters reports: “Marnie winds up as the mouthpiece for Antonia’s spell to drive the bloodsuckers of fictional "True Blood" town Bon Temps into the daylight. And that sort of deadly revenge, say some modern-day witches, is what gives witchcraft a bad name.”
Said one real-life witch, who goes by the name Taarna RavenHawk and who is a professor at a college in New England: "I’m absolutely disappointed with the portrayal of Marnie. When Marnie gives up her ‘power within,’ which is a witch’s ability to practice the craft without harming others, it allows possession by Antonia, who becomes the controlling entity. Marnie lets it happen. It’s unconscionable a witch would act this way."
According to Reuters: “Elaanie Stormbender, a witch and mother of five who lives in Jackson, Mississippi, said all the members of the small community of witches to which she belongs are displeased with Marnie’s behavior. ‘When witches invoke a spirit, they take precautions and retain full control to banish,’ she said.
Stormbender said Marnie’s reckless behavior feeds misperceptions about witches and may fuel people’s fear of witches in the real world.