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.
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) September 7, 2022