"Too often today, people are ready to tell us, 'this is not possible; that is not possible'. I say, whatever the true interest of our country calls for, is always possible!"
- Enoch Powell.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Say No To Hobbit Racism!
And just when you thought the P.C brigade could not get any worse,
Peter Jackson's already troubled Hobbit film has become embroiled in accusations of racism after an extra claimed she was told she was too dark to play one of the diminutive Tolkien creatures.
Briton Naz Humphreys, who has Pakistani heritage, attended a casting session in Hamilton, New Zealand, last week and stood in line for three hours only to be told her skin tone was not suitable.
The Waikato Times said video footage from the audition showed the casting manager telling people they were looking for light-skinned people to play Hobbits.
He reportedly tells the would-be Hobbits: 'I'm not trying to be... whatever. It's just the brief. You've got to look like a Hobbit.'
Ms Humphreys, who is in New Zealand on a working holiday with her husband, told the newspaper: 'It's 2010 and I still can't believe I'm being discriminated against because I have brown skin.
'Wrong skintone': Naz Humphreys attended a casting session in New Zealand but after standing in line for three hours was told her colour wasn't suitable for a Hobbit
'The casting manager basically said they weren't having anybody who wasn't pale-skinned.'
The would-be extra, who is just under 5ft tall, had hoped for a bit part in The Hobbit - a two-part prequel to the Oscar-winning Lord Of The Rings films.
But she has now set up a Facebook group called Hire hobbits of all colours! Say no to hobbit racism!
KNOW YOUR HOBBITS
There were originally three different breeds of Hobbit. Over time, due to inter-species relations, the gene pool became more mixed...
Fallohides: Fair skin and hair, taller and slimmer than others. Frodo and Bilbo Baggins were part Fallohide.
Stoors: Broader and heavier built than other Hobbits - and their hands and feet were larger. Often lived near water or flat land.
Harfoots: Smallest of the Hobbits, they had browner skin. They did not grow beards or wear boots.
They all look kind of homogenised beige and all derived from the Caucasian gene pool.
A spokesman for Peter Jackson said he was unaware of the casting restriction and described it as an 'incredibly unfortunate error'.