29 Nov 2010

'Pale Skin-Only' and The Hobbit is accused of racism

There is really no other way to put it, this production seems to be encountering one misfortune or problem at every turn , even when we are only a few weeks away from filming. This time is casting of people to play hobbit extra that is in the spotlight. A race row has erupted in New Zealand and Peter Jackson has been forced to issue an apology because people with darkest skin were excluded by auditioning for The Hobbit. Naz Humphreys,a British woman of Pakistani origin claims she was not allowed to audition due to her darkest complexion. In her complaint against The Hobbit casting requirements she said: "It was the opportunity of a lifetime. I would love to be an extra. But it just seemed like a shame because obviously hobbits are not brown or black or any other colour. They all look kind of homogenised beige and all derived from the Caucasian gene pool." And this is correct, in fact Professor Tolkien himself said on several occasions hobbits are based entirely on native British people which are Caucasian and very pale-skinned in colour, although it must be also noted that the Harfoots hobbits are generally described as having darkest skin. Now the question is....how much Politically Correct will Peter Jackson forced to be ? This is an unnecessary and unpleasant row.A casting agent (which will probably lose his job) placed an advertisement in a local newspaper specifying female hobbit extras "should have light skin tones" . A Wingnut Films spokesman said: "No such instructions were given, the crew member in question took it upon themselves to do that and it's not something we instructed or condoned."