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Race row erupts over The Hobbit
news.com.au ^ | 29th November 2010

Posted on 11/28/2010 5:57:06 PM PST by naturalman1975

PETER Jackson's troubled Hobbit project has become embroiled in a race row after a would-be extra was told she was too dark to play one of the pint-sized Tolkien creatures, reports said.

Briton Naz Humphreys, who has Pakistani heritage, attended a casting session in the New Zealand city of Hamilton last week, queueing for three hours only to be told her skin tone was not suitable, the Waikato Times reported.

"It's 2010 and I still can't believe I'm being discriminated against because I have brown skin," Humphreys told the newspaper.

"The casting manager basically said they weren't having anybody who wasn't pale-skinned."

The newspaper said video footage showed the casting manager telling people at the audition: "We are looking for light-skinned people. I'm not trying to be - whatever. It's just the brief. You've got to look like a hobbit."

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: hobbit; hobbitchat; hobbithole; jrrtolkien; lordoftherings; lotr; thehobbit; thehobbithole; tolkien
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1 posted on 11/28/2010 5:57:07 PM PST by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

Come on Naz! Lighten up!


2 posted on 11/28/2010 5:58:11 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't touch my junk!!!)
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To: naturalman1975

right to the point. so should they have a white man play muhammeed ali. come on grow up


3 posted on 11/28/2010 5:58:51 PM PST by truthbetold11 (truthbetold11)
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To: naturalman1975

And anyone who’s read “To Kill a Mockingbird” would be surprised if Atticus Finch was black on screen as well.


4 posted on 11/28/2010 5:59:30 PM PST by Flightdeck (TANSTAAFL!)
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To: naturalman1975

Man this is ridiculous!

Pakistani restaurants hire pakistanis (and can actually bring in pakistanis to America for that purpose even if their entire town is unemployed) because “they want to be authentic”.


5 posted on 11/28/2010 6:00:01 PM PST by Christian Engineer Mass
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To: naturalman1975

AFAIK, there are no dark skinned Hobbits.


6 posted on 11/28/2010 6:00:15 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Quite the quip!Thanks for the chuckle.


7 posted on 11/28/2010 6:00:51 PM PST by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

She’ll probably complain about sex discrimination when she’s turned down for the role of Jimmy Hoffa, too.


8 posted on 11/28/2010 6:02:11 PM PST by John Valentine
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To: naturalman1975

Stick her in a long shot, way in the back, where nobody can tell who she is, much less if she is a “Pale-Face”. Then use up all the pancake make-up on her mug.


9 posted on 11/28/2010 6:02:28 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: naturalman1975

Hollyweird is the only industry that is allowed to discriminate.


10 posted on 11/28/2010 6:02:40 PM PST by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Excellent point.


11 posted on 11/28/2010 6:03:02 PM PST by John Valentine
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To: naturalman1975
Good thing they're not casting this movie today. ("Hey, so what if I'm 6'5"! I wanna be a Munchkin!")


12 posted on 11/28/2010 6:04:10 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: John Valentine

LOL! If it ain’t about money, it’s always about “race”. That stuff is getting tired and old.


13 posted on 11/28/2010 6:04:14 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't touch my junk!!!)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

AFAIK, there are no such things as Hobbits.


14 posted on 11/28/2010 6:04:24 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: naturalman1975

I think we should get Mel Gibson to play Nelson Mandella.


15 posted on 11/28/2010 6:04:44 PM PST by HarleyD
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To: naturalman1975

I wish I was an Oscar Meyer weiner...


16 posted on 11/28/2010 6:04:53 PM PST by bigheadfred (mind like a steel trap---rusted shut...)
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To: naturalman1975
Hobbits are little Englishmen in both manners and mores living in an isolated region of Middle Earth..

Putting a person of color in the role would be the same as substituting neoNazis for Jihadists in a nuke terrorist attack—so utterly unrealistic...

oops,forgot about that pc wreck,”The Sum Of All Fears.”

17 posted on 11/28/2010 6:05:52 PM PST by Happy Rain ("GO GAMECOCKS--THE REAL USC!!!")
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Actually there are - the Harfoots. Sam Gamgee was one in the books.

Sam drew out the elven-glass of Galadriel again. As if to do honour to his hardihood, and to grace with splendour his faithful brown hobbit-hand that had done such deeds, the phial blazed forth suddenly, so that all the shadowy court was lit with a dazzling radiance like lightning; but it remained steady and did not pass.

The Fallohides were fair.

18 posted on 11/28/2010 6:05:52 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Man, that was cold! LOL

When they do a remake of Shaft and I don't get the part of that bad mothershutyourmouth just cause of my skin tone do I get to throw a hissyfit?

19 posted on 11/28/2010 6:05:52 PM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: naturalman1975
I volunteer to be Barky in his upcoming bio-pic. I have no acting experiencing and am melanin-challenged. Therefore, I'm perfect for the part.

And I want Summer Glau to play Shelly.

20 posted on 11/28/2010 6:06:16 PM PST by kromike
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To: naturalman1975

LOL. These PC casting decisions make movies unintentionally hilarious. Remember the plot contortions that were necessary to get Morgan Freeman into Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood?

Besides, I’d love to see a Muslim Hobbit. Think of the plot possibilities.


21 posted on 11/28/2010 6:06:24 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: naturalman1975

Were there any decisions based on color of skin when they were Filming Malcom X?

Did they consider an Asian woman for the role of Malcom X?


22 posted on 11/28/2010 6:07:07 PM PST by earlJam
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To: kromike
experiencing = experience.

Curse you, Proofreader!

23 posted on 11/28/2010 6:07:39 PM PST by kromike
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To: naturalman1975
I've come to believe that most complaints about race these days equal, give me something for nothing.
24 posted on 11/28/2010 6:08:14 PM PST by blam
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To: naturalman1975
"It's 2010 and I still can't believe I'm being discriminated against because I have brown skin,"

I'd discriminate against you because you're a frickin' idiot.

25 posted on 11/28/2010 6:09:05 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: naturalman1975

Naz Humphreys makes a good point. I mean Whoopie Goldberg would make a great Snow White.


26 posted on 11/28/2010 6:09:38 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: naturalman1975

Meanwhile, I was told I was too old for a modeling gig even though I played the same age (25) for a movie during the same time period. It happens. It is how the director envisions things. Not a personal insult.


27 posted on 11/28/2010 6:10:56 PM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: FlingWingFlyer

thanks for the chuckle. dang, am I sick of this stuff.


28 posted on 11/28/2010 6:13:37 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Well,the little buggers DO live in holes in the ground like bin Laden and co.

Plotting to hijack Smaug then to crash him into the Two Towers I suppose...

THEN we would have Muslim Hobbits!!!

29 posted on 11/28/2010 6:13:44 PM PST by Happy Rain ("GO GAMECOCKS--THE REAL USC!!!")
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To: naturalman1975

PC moron. Hey! Can you imagine a white person whining because they don’t get to play... I dunno, Al Sharpton in a biopic?

There’s a certain point where liberals should just start having DUMB ASS rubber stamped on their foreheads, just to warn anyone around to ignore them whenever they speak.


30 posted on 11/28/2010 6:14:17 PM PST by Pravious
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To: naturalman1975

From the LOTR Prologue, Concerning Hobbits:

‘The Harfoots were browner of skin, smaller, and shorter, and they were beardless and bootless...


31 posted on 11/28/2010 6:15:51 PM PST by Free Vulcan (The battle isn't over. Hold their feet to the fire.)
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To: Free Vulcan

Ah, these are the illegal alien hobbits that provide all the lawn services.

Samwise Gonzalez


32 posted on 11/28/2010 6:23:06 PM PST by montyspython
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To: naturalman1975

Nuthin a little makeup can’t fix


33 posted on 11/28/2010 6:24:49 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Happy Rain

Midget martyrs?


34 posted on 11/28/2010 6:27:01 PM PST by montyspython
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To: naturalman1975

I bet no white, or Pakastani, or Japanese women were considered for Angela Bassett’s role in “What’s Love Got to do With It”. Than again, Yule Brenner played the king of Siam...

The race card is played to death.


35 posted on 11/28/2010 6:31:11 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "tea bagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: Happy Rain
Plotting to hijack Smaug then to crash him into the Two Towers I suppose...

Well, he did smash Lake Town, after taking an arrow to the breast.


36 posted on 11/28/2010 6:33:08 PM PST by EternalVigilance (There is nothing that Communists do better than winning in a morally relativistic universe.)
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To: montyspython

And hobbitual liers.


37 posted on 11/28/2010 6:34:23 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: naturalman1975

You say Naz girl, I say Nazgul lets call the whole thing off.


38 posted on 11/28/2010 6:41:51 PM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Every ethnic restaurant I’ve been to hires mexicans. Chinese, mediteranian, korean, japanese...whatever. they all hire mexicans. Sometimes even the mexican restaurants hire mexicans.


39 posted on 11/28/2010 6:42:45 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: montyspython
Yes,they are suicide BOMBadils.
40 posted on 11/28/2010 6:43:07 PM PST by Happy Rain ("GO GAMECOCKS--THE REAL USC!!!")
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To: naturalman1975

Whenever Liberals are in charge idiocy will prevail.


41 posted on 11/28/2010 6:48:01 PM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: naturalman1975

Short people got no reason to live.


42 posted on 11/28/2010 6:49:04 PM PST by P.O.E. (Compact Theory)
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To: naturalman1975

OMG! She spent three measly hours in line to be told she wasn’t right for the part? LOL!

I guess when Hollywood refuses to cast me, a 50 year old, gun-totin’, God-Fearin’, Bible Thumpin’ white woman as the lead in ‘Hamlet’ I’ll have a case!!

Actors. Get a freakin’ grip! Oh, and get over yourselves, already! You’re hardly important in The Big Scheme unless you double as a Brain Surgeon or something on the side.

*Rolleyes*


43 posted on 11/28/2010 6:52:09 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: naturalman1975

Why isn’t she on the NBA?


44 posted on 11/28/2010 6:55:39 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against you, O you most proud, said the Lord God of hosts.)
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To: naturalman1975

They apparently have never seen the “Honeymooners” remake.


45 posted on 11/28/2010 7:11:05 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: John O

Post of the day.


46 posted on 11/28/2010 7:12:10 PM PST by Pelham (Islam, the mortal enemy of the free world)
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To: P.O.E.

They got little hands. Little eyes. They walk around telling great big lies. They got little noses and tiny little teeth. They wear platform shoes on their nasty little feet.


47 posted on 11/28/2010 7:16:31 PM PST by Pelham (Islam, the mortal enemy of the free world)
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To: montyspython
Samwise Gonzalez

I will mention that to the gardener down the street I see in the morning. Put that on the side of his truck.

The Old Gaffer and Samwise Gonzales Gardening Service - Remaking the Shire - One House at A Time.

48 posted on 11/28/2010 7:29:19 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: naturalman1975

49 posted on 11/28/2010 7:35:02 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Blue Collar Christian

Didn’t Marlon Brando play an asian? And I think John Wayne played Gengis Khan...


50 posted on 11/28/2010 7:43:59 PM PST by irishtenor (All that I say, all that I do, is predestined.)
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