I was just arguing with an old white man who complained that the Wheel of Time TV series is "less white less manly" compared to the books and is therefore "woke crap". Aside from the fact that this assertion is based off of an idea of masculinity as outdated as he is (stoic, non-verbal and never sheds a tear), the world in the books doesn't seem to be split along racial lines like our world is. He cited a character that is described as having "milky white" legs in the text but is played by a non-white actor, and I pointed out that non-white people like Asians in our world can have milky white skin too. Also, another character from the same nation is described as being "dark-skinned" in the text. Clearly, our assumptions about race and nation-states in our world (i.e. broad homoegeneity and having real-world racial markers) don't apply to this fictional universe. But I'm curious whether this comes from a place other than plain racism and sexism. I want to hear from the gatekeepers here why it matters if a character in a fictional universe deemed as 'white' is played by a white actor or not. Same with gender. Does a male character have to be male in adaptations? And do they have to be the same type of male? What are your reasons for gatekeeping here?