According to a report in todays 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 Jacksons 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 CNNs Entertainment Blog, the
casting director in question has been dismissed.
JRR Tolkiens 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.
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