Monday, November 29, 2010

Dark-skinned would-be hobbits sent to the back of the bus.

Wanna-Be Film Extra Told She's Too Dark to Be Hobbit - Race row hits New Zealand production:

Hobbiton: Whites only. (Image via Newser)

(Newser) – A woman who wanted to be an extra in The Hobbit was told by the casting crew on the New Zealand production that while she was short enough to play a hobbit, she wasn't white enough. 'The casting manager basically said they weren't having anybody who wasn't pale-skinned,' the woman, who is of Pakistani descent, told the Dominion Post. She waited for 3 hours with hundreds of other aspiring extras before being told there was little point in her being there.
Maybe it's just that light-skinned hobbits never enslaved dark-skinned hobbits and their insular culture has enforced regional homogeneity?
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