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"The Hobbit" Accused of Racism

Posted: November 29th, 2010 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"The Hobbit" Accused of RacismSubmit Comment
Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" can't seem to avoid problems, not even during a simple search for extras. According to The Waikato Times, a woman of Pakistani heritage attended a casting session last week, but after standing in line for three hours she was told that her skin tone was not suitable.

Video footage from the casting session shows a casting manager telling people that they are looking for light-skinned people to play hobbits. The woman, Briton Naz Humphreys said: "It's 2010 and I still can't believe I'm being discriminated against because I have brown skin. The casting manager basically said they weren't having anybody who wasn't pale-skinned."

JRR Tolkien never really described the color of the hobbits, but Middle Earth and it's stories are derived entirely of Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and Norse lore which were all of the white race.

However, a spokesman for Jackson said that the producers and the director were not aware of the casting restrictions outside of height and age.

Question: Is this racism, or should a production be allowed to cast actors based on the color of their skin?

Source: WENN, IESB

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markoz writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 8:46:37 PM

That would depend on the role.For example when I heard that Will Smith was one of the candidates for Captain America I was shocked.I don't have anything against Will,but if you are adapting a book or a comic or anything similar you must stay consistent unless you have no other choice,as we have seen in Daredevil with Michael Clarke Duncan playing Kingpin.
minkowski writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 8:47:35 PM

I'll call racism on The Hobbit when black people let a white guy play Martin Luther King.

As you said, the Hobbit and the stories therein are derived from Celtic and Anglo-Saxon history.

No black guys there, just like there was no black guys around during the time of Robin Hood, but that didn't stop Morgan Freeman from co-starring next to Kevin Costner, much to the audience's annoyance.
Inception writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 8:48:46 PM

"JRR Tolkien never really described the color of the hobbits"

Well...Gary Coleman is black, a midget and is dead.
nope.com writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 8:49:35 PM

lol victim complex, get the hell over it

too bad about your skin color

Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 8:50:57 PM

Hey Mustache Rider,

Gollum's being picked on for being ugly, annoying and consistently in every f*cking shot of this movie.

Kinda relate, hunh ?
beepboop writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 9:24:01 PM

I don't fit a criteria, so I'm being discriminated against. Call the press!

That woman is so stupid.
AYT BALL writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 9:27:51 PM

if they were casting a war movie or something historical then fair enough, but fantasy and sci-fi have the right to decide what the race should look like without some dipsh*t trying to make a few bucks by screaming racist!
otis writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 9:32:53 PM

I've had numerous extra roles and can say this is not racism. Now I don't know what all was exchanged, but the casting director has specific needs for vision of the atmosphere. For all actors and especially extras, who get paid upwards of 70-90 bucks a day, rights are waived to favor the casting needs. For instance, Tyler Perry's House of Payne will not cast me (I'm white) as the lead's best friend. The mailman maybe.

They don't want "foreign-looking" people for The Hobbit. Get over it and move on.
minkowski writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 9:33:44 PM

It's gets really old hearing people cry racism when they don't get what they want.
mariachi writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 10:15:48 PM

My buddy does background work all the time and this isn't news -- They have a hotline where registered extras call in and a recorded message will say what roles are available and the criteria. The messages often say things like "We need WHITE MALES, BLONDE. Do not apply if you don't look this way"
**And there's nothing wrong with that**
This is an everyday thing yet dumbsh*ts are trying to make it news and it's going to make a lot of people on both sides of the argument look like idiots.
mariachi writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 10:28:53 PM

There's gonna be a lotta white people saying some semi-racist sh*t and a lotta black people acting like they give a f*ck about Lord Of the Rings.
And for the record, we don't give a f*ck about Captain America either. Making him black wouldn't have made anyone happy.
Ranger writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 10:42:24 PM

I don't think this is racist, however I do make the following recommendations:

1. Accounting Hobbit - get a midget Jew.
2. Brake-dancing, donkey cart thieving, hut B&E Hobbit - get a Negro midget.
3. Gambling Hobbit - get an Asian midget.
4. Cheap (no, not frugal... I mean f*cking cheap) Hobbit - get an Scottish midget.
5. Losing a war Hobbit - get a French midget.
6. Drunk and Horny Hobbit - hire a Dago midget.
7. Multi-purpose knife-wielding Hobbit - find a Swiss Army midget.
8. Dolphin-killing Hobbit - Jap midget.
9. Oven stoking, denying of all things criminal Hobbit - get a Nazi midget.
10. Tunnel-digging, move by night in rubber sandals Hobbit - hire a Vietnamese midget.
11. Pain in the ass, whiny, bitch & complain that all the other Hobbits are stealing your jobs - hire a white midget.
12. Midget Hobbit - hire Mini-Me Verne Troyer.
13. Wheel chocks for the donkey carts Hobbits - hire Pakistani's (any size) in pairs.
14. Ugly, hideous, lying, killer Hobbit - hire Shannon Price.
JohnZee writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 10:48:58 PM

I think that anyone that has ever been cast as an extra in any movie would immediately know that this woman is full of sh*t. It isn't racism, the film production crew is just looking to cast a certain type of person for the extras that they need. If a film want's big boobed blonde babes, it doesn't mean that the particular movie is intolerant of anyone that isn't blonde and has big boobs.

And for the record at no time was Will Smith ever offered or up for consideration for Captain America. Just a random quote from a fellow black actor in an interview that was completely and totally wrong.

Again at no time was Will Smith ever offered the role of Captain America, and pretty silly that people would readily accept random gossip as doc*mented fact.

Honestly considering that Will Smith is one of the highest paid actors per movie in the entire world, and the fact that Marvel isn't willing to pay jack squat for their actors should be logical and sound proof right there.

And saying that the guy playing Thor only got paid $150,000 and the guy playing Captain America didn't even get $300,000 after proving himself in two Marvel movies, it is just highly doubtful that Marvel would have even attempted to send Will Smith an offer just so that he could laugh out loud in the silly quirky laugh of his for hours and hours on end...

Ranger writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 10:58:04 PM

I'll tell a true story (without giving up too much... lol).

Me... had a agent...

Movie being made, BIG A-List Actor playing lead.

I call agent up and say: 'Hey... how come I wasn't called?'

She said do you really want to know?
I replied, yeah I want to know.
She added: do you want the truth?
I said: Yes... I want the truth!

ok... beck to my story. Where was I?
Oh yeah... I called the agent and asked why wasn't I called.

She said, I'll fax you the casting sheet.

1. Disfigured people.
2. People missing limbs.
3. Matted hair.
4. People with hunch backs.
5. Twins


And guess what... I was ok after I saw the sheet. I didn't whine 'DISCRIMINATION!!!' I just went about my business, unaffected (actually glad I didn't fit any of those requirements on that list!).

So f*ck this whiny bitch playing the 'racism' card! I'll give her big, brown, fat ass a c*cking to if she doesn't STFU! Bring me some freshly made beef samosa, Bitch!

Damon242 writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 11:13:03 PM

It depends. What role was she hoping to get?

I find it stupid that films are forced to include multiculturalism, not because it's how the characters are meant to be, but because it's racism if you don't.

It's called 'storytelling' for a reason. It's not politics.
Frank4969 writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 11:16:59 PM

You know it's funny it's racist when white people get outraged at a black actor wanting to play a white role. Ex.
Nick fury, kingpin, cap America.- will smith. Spiderman.
But when white people want to invade a black role and the blacks get all pissed off that's ok. It's 2010 put all the racist crap away. It's over!
Frank4969 writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 11:18:57 PM

I agree with minkowski. When the blacks accept a white guy as malcom x or Martin Luther king then I'll scream racism at the hobbit.
funseeker writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 11:20:57 PM

It is not a racism. And i must say that there is a big deal of racism going on ever since samuel l. jackson started openly hating white people in die hard. If it was a white guy saying all that sh*t about blacks it would have been controversial movie. and martin lawrence in national security, i had to switch it off because i wanted to shhot him sooo much. If a white guy said half if that sh*t he would have been lower than mel gibson and randy quaid in status. And like somebody already said about casting regardless of race - if george cloony can be martin luther king in a biopic i will support black donald glover spidey!
BlueMobius writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 11:29:36 PM

This is ludicrous. It would be like getting pissed because you were the only six foot tall actor who was turned down for the role of Willow or Mini-Me. Or like expecting to wear a dress in your role as John Wayne in a biopic. Seriously, this chick needs to get out of the acting business NOW.
BadChadB33 writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 11:32:41 PM

Who gives a f*ck, just make the god damned movies already. Before Sir Ian dies.
HideousSecretion writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 11:54:30 PM

Casting actors based on appearance? Shocked I tell you. Shocked. This numb nuts can go directly to hell for a) being a dumb ass b) and hurting a movie solely for a lawsuit payday. I hope she suffers from a rare incurable disease that is both painful and crippling.
Inception writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 11:57:32 PM

"Frank4969 writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 11:18:57 PM
I agree with minkowski. When the blacks accept a white guy as malcom x or Martin Luther king then I'll scream racism at the hobbit."

From the looks of it most have accepted Eminen and Glenn Beck as their white Malcolm X and M. Luther King.
Sinestro writes:
on November 29th, 2010 at 11:59:09 PM

I don't get it, the Hobbits are white.
JohnZee writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 12:00:54 AM

I think that some people milk the racism stuff for every bit of an advantage that they can personally gain. Acting is acting, and if an actor proves that they can outperform anyone else playing that role than so be it. Look at Anthony Quinn, over the years he played Italian, Aryan, Greek, Arabian, Mexican, Filipino, and even Native American and very seldom was there any sort of whining from the peanut gallery complaining that Quinn was taking a particular job away from a more talented actor.

There are plenty of African American actors that are pulling in the top dollar. Will Smith is again at the top of the list, and Terrence Howard got paid more than any actor working on Iron Man 2, including the guy that directed the film.

Is it completely fair?

Heck no.

At times are some in the film industry outright racist?

Yes of course, but just as many are anti-white or anti-Asian as there are anti-black in the industry.

And I'd wager that there is far more sexism in Hollywood than any real amount of black-skinned intolerance.

Sadly life just isn't fair sometimes, but that certainly doesn't mean that everything should be slanted to give special concessions to one particular group.
Cork writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 12:04:38 AM

Ridiculous. You don't see me complaining for not being cast in Barbershop 3.
FBO writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 12:57:44 AM

Hollywood, just so there's no misunderstanding, Ranger was just joking about hiring shannon price, if you really do hire her then all your midgets, from jew midget to scottish midget to malibu barbie midget, will end up in a giant midget pile at the bottom of the stairs! And don't believe that bullsh*t story about how those midgets just tripped while getting her some ice cream, or whatever she says.
Kenny writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 1:32:18 AM

Well, the hobbits DO wear hoods. First, the hoods, now the discrimination... Yeah, this has KKK written all over it!
Peter Jackson clearly wants to take over Planet Earth... except he's starting with Middle-earth and he'll then work his way up.

Peter Jackson, your days as a white supremacist are over, mister! That paki chick is on to you!
billofill writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 1:36:37 AM

Correct me if im wrong but is there alot of Hobbits in the Hobbit or am i just drawing a blank other than Bilbo and the Saxwell Baggins's
LordGamez writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 2:12:51 AM

Aren't Pakinstanies of the Caucasian race? They are white people, but of a darker color. The Caucasian people come in different shades from dead white to very dark brown. So, logically this actress should be considered a Hobbit because she is basically a White(dark) girl in a logical point of view. Unless you are a backward dumb ass without a good education.
JohnZee writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 2:19:23 AM


Jackson will probably add a little of Bilbo amongst the other hobbits at the beginning of the movie just to once again set the "We are all happy, laughing, eating, and drinking hobbits" thing again, but for the most part most of the short people in the movie will probably be dwarves instead of actual hobbits.

And sadly while Bilbo will be in it, I'm afraid that Sam won't even be the tiniest glint in his father's (or is it grandfather's) eye during the time that the Hobbit takes place.

Although it is easy to miss, Bilbo's limited use of the ring extended his life unnaturally several generations to the point where the ball starts rolling on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Said the guy that read the book as a wee one more than a few generations back...
whoever writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 3:58:53 AM

Bullsh*t, all the Ogre's were played by Maori and the Orc's were played by Pakeha.
Hellboy0628 writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 3:59:01 AM

Ridiculous being way too oversensitive, I would have been annoyed queing for two hours to then be told that I couldn't audition but I'm sure that info would have been there for people to see prior to the auditions?
Ranger writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 4:00:14 AM

@JohnZ --- you meant Howard's role in Iron Man (first one), yes? And yes... he was the highest paid actor in that film. So much so... they punted (what we heard was) his whiny ass off the sequel.

@FBO - I can't believe I forgot Malibu Barbie Midget!
danavatar writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 4:12:32 AM

what a load of sh**
its racist you moron, its a bloody film adapted from a novel written years ago based on those descriptions, seriously go audition for another movie aye there no curries in middle earth , there were no asians, why kick a stink, audition for an indy film then or some eatern movie, KIwi films are awesome dont kik a stink cos ur race isnt part of the authentic story haha ..pathetic, pisses me off.
johnny_boy writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 5:08:11 AM

She's pakastani! Everything offends them. I hope this movie has noone darker than a tanned white person. Fight against affirmative action. If you don't want Amy type of person in it cuz they don't fit the criteria, then don't hire them cuz your forced to. And props to minkowski for his funny and true comment:

"I'll call racism on The Hobbit when black people let a white guy play Martin Luther King.

As you said, the Hobbit and the stories therein are derived from Celtic and Anglo-Saxon history.

No black guys there, just like there was no black guys around during the time of Robin Hood, but that didn't stop Morgan Freeman from co-starring next to Kevin Costner, much to the audience's annoyance."
Lederhosen writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 6:51:30 AM

Niggah Please!
Farradin writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 7:35:32 AM

Tolkien didn't describe the colour of the Hobbits no but from the previous films the Hobbits colour has been established. When adapting a book, play or real life events then you have to respect the source material. Racist detestable film.

On the other hand The Last Airbender did commit race crimes; ignoring the overt culture of the show to make all the main characters white.
CandyRunt writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 7:39:14 AM

I'm not a racist person, but their paying homage to the books for f*ck sake!
if they want to make the films good then they have to stick to the mythology, did that women even read the book?
trailertrash writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 7:42:00 AM

WOW ....

She was a Pakistani in the line for 3 hours and didn't open a Convenience store, that would never happen here...
CandyRunt writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 8:04:10 AM

Well played Trailer
pnkntndr writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 8:34:47 AM

There's nothin like Hadji tryin to pull the black card... Someone call the Nazi midget, we need to get this bonfire going
SACdaddy writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 9:22:16 AM

This is ridiculous. You discriminate whenever you cast a film. This girl obviously doesn't understand how the industry works. Although I can see how she could get a little confused. White people are being cast as Arabs and Persians (Prince of Persia) left and right. Andy Garcia (Cuban) made a career playing Italians while Al Pacino (Italian) played Cubans :) Ben Kingsley grabbed an Oscar for Ghandi. Charles Bronsan (Slavic)played everything from Native American to Mexican. The list goes on and on.

It really all depends on the film and its needs. I worked as a PA on The Alamo here in Texas, and we were presented with a similar issue during filming. Believe it or not, at one point we ran out of Mexicans to portray Santa Anna's massive army. We just ended up casting a few hundred white people and threw a little bronze makeup on them. The director made the call and no one ever even noticed. I doubt if anyone would have noticed a dark skinned Hobbit or would have raised any hell about it. Its a fictional character from a fictional land, who gives a sh*t what color it is?
on November 30th, 2010 at 9:25:49 AM

She wasn't a "Briton", Britons are white and we have been for over 40,000 years. (The oldest Briton's remains are about 43,000 years old.) You can call her a British citizen, just not a Briton as although it may be politically correct to call her that it's not actually factually correct.
Big_Daddy writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 9:30:32 AM


or a dairy queen.

I say let her play a part. whats it going to hurt? the hobbits need an outkast in their society too? What everyone thought all hobbits are white? The Tolkien world is a big place I'm sure there was at least one of each, I mean we all know the fireworks came from an Asian hobbit. The gold for the ring? Indian Hobbit.

gusmaster writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 9:59:50 AM

ffs Pakistani women go back and eat some chicken curry and let for once this movie to happen.
This production has arleady enought problems and the last thing we want all the fans that so eagerly await this movie to happen, is a victim complex to hold this production back even more!!
Such stupid issues taking place in the production should not even published and let the ppl safely work in their project...
c-prime writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 10:00:20 AM

"It's gets really old hearing people cry racism when they don't get what they want."

@ minkowski: That's Democrats for ya. Ha ha.
SACdaddy writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 10:33:49 AM

Shakespeare (and many directors that followed) never seemed to have a problem casting a white guy as Othello :)

Give the Paki a chance.
mrstretch writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 10:45:13 AM

She is probably a terrorist anyways.
Big_Daddy writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 11:10:43 AM

^She fits the profile

rocketman writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 12:14:01 PM

Pakistanis playing the race card ? two words
Cry Wolf.
Some of the most racist people i have ever known,i've had things stolen off me because i was white and been called all sorts of sh*t off SOME of these on more than one occasion and im going back 20+ years(long before 9/11). They seem to hate everyone as far as i can make out.

And Hobbits are f*cking WHITE,deal with it!
OtisDriftwood990 writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 12:42:51 PM

that's just how i felt when i got turned down for whoopi's role in for colored girls. except that sh*t was racist AND sexist.
bluemeenie writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 1:43:03 PM

Angry black ladies don't make good hobbits.
bluemeenie writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 1:45:46 PM

A Pakistani hobbit film- would actually be worth seeing- Tolkien would have loved a middle eastern flare...
I'm gonna pass at these 3 hour gazing at glowing jewelry movies...
bluemeenie writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 1:46:50 PM

I got kicked out of the girls locker room the other day- Those sexist pigs!
Ranger writes:
on November 30th, 2010 at 4:09:06 PM

@tt - lol. Funnier yet. I had tenants yeas ago... middle eastern... and they owned the convenience store across the street! lol.
goatweasel writes:
on December 1st, 2010 at 8:31:49 AM

Hollywood is racist..... star wars (ja ja deep south yes um lordy binks)disney cartoons etc.. ... peter jackson is not a racist...a talented man.. hollywood perpetuates stereotypes... a sublte form of indoctranation reinforced through the film media... its not a good thing... just a thing...like war and rape and all the other things that are not pleasant... makes you wonder what kinda people run hollywood ?
on December 2nd, 2010 at 5:32:02 AM


1. The Star Wars movies aren't Hollywood movies. Well, maybe you could argue that the first one was but I'm pretty sure The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi were independent movies, The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clone and Revenge Of The Sith were DEFINITELY independent movies.

2. Jar Jar Binks wasn't racist, stop being an idiot. His voice wasn't "deep south" either, it was more like Slimer's. I wonder whether you and the other idiots would have claimed that Jar Jar was racist if Frank Welker had played him instead of Ahmed Best? Jar Jar was just a goofy alien with a funny voice, like Yoda.
goatweasel writes:
on December 3rd, 2010 at 5:44:31 PM

@ 'just smile and blow me'
I said holly wood is racist.... that was a statement,the star wars comment was a separate issue.. and i was only refering to one of the movies 'the phantom menace' as an example. watch it againg and try listening. the point about peter jackson not being a racist, you failed to mention. which was the point to this whole debate.. im not an idiot and i doubt the other 'idiots' you refer too, are either.if you disagree with what i'm saying, fair enough, dont get personal i don't know you, I have not insulted you, simply posted a comment, my point of view. to say racism towards any enthnicity does not exist in films is like saying there is no corruption within governments...
NelsonJames writes:
on July 6th, 2012 at 11:39:24 AM

I always love the ignorant comments that everything will be okay when a white person gets to play MLK. Even a favorite actor of mine, Bill Conrad made the same comment to Will Smith when Smith was cast as James West in that awful film. The point is Hobbits are fictional beings -- MLK is not. If a person doesn't have the brains to see that then they shouldn't be allowed to leave the house unattended anyway. The second point is white people have and do play non-white characters all the time. Hollywood changed the race of all the major characters when they made 21. Harrison Ford played a "real-life" Asian doctor in a film. Keanu Reeves is set to STAR in the Hollywood telling of the classic Japanese story "The 47 Ronin" Obviously race, or historical accuracy don't matter as long as skin is white, movie goers can look past any other inaccuracies.

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