Skip to comments.'Lord' of racism? Critics view (Rings) trilogy as discriminatory (everything is racism barf alert)
Posted on 01/12/2003 10:54:58 AM PST by republicman
`Lord' of racism? Critics view trilogy as discriminatory `Two Towers' film reflects tone of book
Happily for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, director Peter Jackson stayed true to the fantasy author's artistic vision in "Fellowship of the Ring," the first film in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
Unhappily, in "The Two Towers," Jackson may reflect the "Rings'" racial view of the world as well.
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But speaking of LOTR, I was disappointed to see some environmental cultish stuff added in.
Hey, that's funny. When I went to see it with my boyfriend, we sat next to a black guy that was there by himself. He left about 2 1/2 hours into the movie and never came back. At that point I can't say I could blame him. My attention span was starting to fade at that point, too.
So the Crusaders were "invaders." On the other hand, the Muslims who conquered parts of Italy, Spain, Austria, and Yugoslavia were just tourists.
Because he hates his own followers as much as he hates all other men. The Wild Men are just the ones who happen to be in his power. He is evil. Duh.
The Vulcans are inscrutable and wise and meditate and wear black hair in bangs and have advanced martial arts. Can someone say 'Asian Stereotype?'
The Klingons are ruthless and violent and dark-skinned. Can someone say 'African Stereotype?'
The Ferengi are short, ugly, and obsessed with money. Can someone say 'Jewish Stereotype?'
It's amazing that no one on the politically-correct side of the aisle has ever called STAR TREK to account for this blatant racism.
That was some trick, seeing as how Tolkien actually wrote the trilogy between 1936 and 1949.
First, I would like to extend the warm hand of friendship to all readers of this column no matter what color they might be and repeat once again that segregation is bad, immoral and the work of Satan. The only reason I said what I said at Strom Thurmond's birthday party is because I was trying to humor an old man and because I think one of his aides slipped a "Roofie" in my drink.
Now, this is the sequel to "The Fellowship of the Ring," which was the first movie in a trilogy of "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien. What happened in that first movie is that Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) got hold of this ring and he's trying to destroy it because it's evil. He's on a quest with his buddy Sam (Sean Astin) to take the ring to Moordor, where they'll throw it in the fires of Mount Doom. However, Saruman (Christopher Lee) is putting together this huge ol' army of Orcs, who are dark-skinned and obviously going to overrun Middle Earth and have sex with all the white Hobbit women and elves unless somebody stops them.
So, in the second film, Gandalf the White (Ian McKellen) shows up. We know he's good because he's white as a bed sheet, like the kind you use to cover your head when you're participating in activities where you might not want people to recognize who you are. His mission is to help Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) stop the Orc advance on Rhohan. Unfortunately, the King of Rhohan (Bernard Hill), believes in the integration of rich and poor, black and white, and doesn't see the Orc army as an immediate threat. However, after a few battles, the King of Rhohan realizes that the Orcs are going to kill darn near everybody, so he takes his people to Helm's Deep to put up a fight against this black plague.
Even though Helm's Deep is a fortress, Aragorn realizes that they will need reinforcements, so he and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) hope for some Elvish help. Aragorn is still in love with Arwen (Liv Tyler), but Elron (Hugo Weaving), sees the many problems with this as Aragorn is human and Arwen is Elvish and when you start mixing blood like that all you're going to have is trouble and little freaky children running all over place with no clue what race they belong to. See, if Elron had just prevented Aragorn and Arwen from dating in the first place, he could have avoided all these sorts of problems, which is why he originally enrolled Arwen at Bob Jones University (she later withdrew against his will).
While all this is going on, Pippin (Billy Boyd) and Merry (Dominic Monaghan), two hobbits who are a little too close and have girls' names (if you know what I mean), are hanging out with these tree people, trying to convince them to enter the fight against the black plague. Eventually, the trees do fight against the black plague because they understand what a threat it represents. It's pretty obvious that even the trees prefer the small, white Hobbits to the ugly, black Orcs.
After a fierce battle, the black plague was soundly defeated and Saruman's plans foiled. I really liked this movie.
(hats off to Mr. Cranky)
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If you aren't a supremacist, you aren't a supremacist. No disclaimer and/or explanation is needed. Explaning away that which you haven't been accused of opens the door to interpretation.
And why are you worried about it? He said that the actions and opinions of others makes him feel as if he is being backed into a corner. I dont't think he's worried about any "interpretation" oy yours.