December 11, 2010
Hobbit Auditions: Dark-Skinned Need Not Apply
Debates abuzz after 'Hobbit' casting agent turns away a dark-skinned woman
A couple of weeks ago, a casting agent for Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit was fired for telling a woman she was too dark to play one a hobbit.
It's caused quite a stir, with people weighing in on both sides of the issue. Some say the agent deserved to be fired for her "racist" attitude, but others contend that the hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, rooted in Anglo-Saxon, Northern European lore, should be Caucasian.
Atlantic Wire has a nice summary of the discussion. Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments section.