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Hobbits of Color Need Not Apply

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  • Steve Hayes
    According to a report in today’s New York Times Arts Beat Blog, a casting agent for the upcoming Hobbit films recently posted an advertisement looking for
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 30, 2010
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      According to a report in today’s New York Times Arts Beat Blog, a casting
      agent for the upcoming Hobbit films recently posted an advertisement looking
      for extras with “light skin tones.”

      According to the Agence France-Presse, an actor with a Pakistani background
      was dismissed at a casting session, and promptly started a Facebook group,
      “Hire hobbits of all colours! Say no to hobbit racism!”

      A spokesperson for Peter Jackson’s Wingnut Films has stated that the casting
      director had received no such instructions, and the studio does not condone
      discrimination. According to a report on CNN’s Entertainment Blog, the
      casting director in question has been dismissed.

      JRR Tolkien’s Prologue to The Lord of the Rings contains a section titled
      “Concerning Hobbits,” which tells us that the Harfoots (apparently ancestors
      of the Bagginses and other Hobbits of the Shire) “were browner of skin” than
      other Hobbits. It would seem that most Hobbits in the Third Age might be
      considered “people of color.”

      Read it all at:

      http://live.hollywoodjesus.com/?p=6688


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