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    (Original post by Yawn!)
    It's behavior like this from film-makers, along with the narrow-minded comments by some on this thread, that make me sick.

    She wasn't trying to be the main actor for goodness sakes, she was just a fan wanting to be an EXTRA in the background. Why the f*** do you have to be white for that! Where does it say that ALL hobbits are white. This is anti-PC bull****, which is worse than PC bull****.

    Now I wish Bollywood would stop casting white actors/actresses in their films. Which they do by the way, and they never get stereotyped or kept out of film productions for their skin colour.

    So much for the modern, forward-thinking Western world.
    You still see extras though and if she stands out then it will detract from the film, in the same way that having a white guy as an extra in a film about the history of African tribes or something would. Or a woman as an extra in a film about a male only prison or something like that. If you don't fit the description, it's not going to work.
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    Unless you're a middle earth creationist, or believe in human-hobbit interspecies reproduction, then the hobbits are white. Their geographic location is meant to be a 'english countryside' sort of place (by the name 'shire' and the description of the place), and that environment creates pale skinned people.
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    Hobbits are fair-skinned. There are no dark skinned hobbits, if it had dark skin then it would not be a hobbit. Clearly this woman is a massive idiot, and she is not a true Tolkien fan or she wouldn't want to screw with the lore for the sake of political correctness.
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    Authenticity is virtually the only grounds for discriminating on the basis of colour and is indeed recognised as such in the law. You wouldn't have a black Hitler or a white Martin Luther King.
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    No white guy would press charges if he wasn't allowed to audition to play let's say... the protagonist in Slumdog Millionaire. People would laugh at him. Remember the old western films where all the native american characters were played by white people? It looks silly! We don't really want that back do we?
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    So racist for not having a Hobbit from every single different race!
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    Lol It's true, there were no brown hobbits.
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    I was on the set of Hugo Cabret recently and this is set in 1930's Paris. Out of 500 extras, we had about 5 non white extras. This is what the producers guessed or researched the percentage of non whites would be and so are trying to give an accurate feel for the age. I would just love it if we had white actors playing Zulus though. That would be sooo funny. :-)
 
 
 
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