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‘People will believe there are orcs and wizards but not human actors’: Racist Backlash to POC Actors in The Rings of Power Blasted by Lord of the Rings Fans

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The Rings of Power becomes the recent victim of the review bombing culture. As the first two episodes of the show premiered on Amazon Prime, it didn’t take too long for some people to fill its review section with illogical criticism.

The criticism could have been valid if they were directed to the plot or faults by the makers, but the point of logic took the back seat when it was found that the criticism was mainly towards the addition of colored people in the cast. Some think it is an act of pulling the audience by forcing diversity and representation by the company. But not for once did they put some research or dig out Tolkien’s work to find out that even any mention of skin color is there or not.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power suffers racist backlash

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Are people of color not allowed in Middle Earth?

As the review bombing escalated, the streaming service had to forcefully take down the audience review section. While the show set on a humongous budget is also trying to do something new in the LOTR universe, according to some people that seems forced. Looks like some of the people are extremely threatened by the approach of a cast that comprises people from different cultures.

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Middle-Earth from The Rings of Power

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Defending the Rings of Power, the THR Reporter Richard Newby said that most of the criticism which is directed to the point that J.R.R. Tolkien never mentioned any non-white character in his lore is completely illogical and unjustified. As he went on to reveal that Tolkien was himself an anti-racist and even mentioned Harfoots as browner skin while not mentioning much about skin color in maximum other places:

“The most common refrain is that Tolkien didn’t include people of color in his stories. Not only is this untrue, as harfoots are described as having “browner” skin, but Tolkien didn’t often make a point to describe skin color, though he occasionally leaned on the open-ended “fairer than …””

Speaking on the issue, the executive producer of the show stated that it only felt natural to the makers to base the storyline around realistic circumstances as that’s how Tolkien’s tale works. His works although fictional don’t fail to provide a real-life value to the story:

“It felt only natural to us that an adaptation of Tolkien’s work would reflect what the world actually looks like. Tolkien is for everyone. His stories are about his fictional races doing their best work when they leave the isolation of their own cultures and come together.”

The Rings of Power controversy has also shown us another example of our society still being driven by themes such as racism which probably shouldn’t even exist now. It is very unfortunate how people can be desperate in bashing a whole show without even going through more than two episodes and that too based on cultural differences.

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The fans trash the Rings of Power racist trolls

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Morfydd Clark as Galadriel, The Rings of Power

While the Rings of Power trolls continued to present their distaste for the show, the fans also didn’t waste a single minute defending the show. We have collected a few tweets to show how they have come forward to defend the show from racist backlash.

The fans are very right to point out that living in the modern era, a judgment on a show should be purely based on the artistic merit instead of these issues.

Now set on the second age of Middle Earth, serving as the prequel to the movie franchise, it will be interesting to find out how the rest of the 8-episodes long series goes.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be streamed every Friday on Amazon Prime 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Written by Subham Mandal

Subham Mandal is currently working as a writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. Subham has written more than 400 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English based in Kolkata. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.