Tuesday, April 23, 2024

“Rings of Power” Cast Issues Statement About Ridiculous Racist Tweets: “Middle Earth is not all white”


I’ve been hearing about racist social media rants against the new “Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power” and even to “House of the Dragon.” I couldn’t process that people could be so stupid.

First of all, these TV shows are complete fantasy fiction, the characters can be any color, gender, size, whatever. I’m laughing (ruefully) at the idea of someone saying a Westero or a Hobbit couldn’t be played by an actor who’s Black, Chinese, or any other human.

It’s very disappointing that we’ve not made any progress here. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. But these actors, on both shows, are absolutely terrific. They should all be applauded and embraced.

Over on “House of Dragon,” by the way, I am intrigued by the amazing Steve Toussaint and his Lord Corlys. So far, he’s my favorite character. I’m curious to see how his sons play into the story.

Are we really having this discussion in 2022? It’s absurd.

The “Rings of Power” cast has issued a statement about this, supporting everyone.


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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