TORCNews wrote: I think J.R.R. Tolkien wouldn't have minded including people of skin color as heros in these films if he were alive today.
How would he know what Tolkien would or would not have minded?
You wanna know what I think? I think Tolkien made it quite clear what he wanted for his created people/races in his own created world. And I believe the filmakers did the best job possible of portraying the appearances of Tolkien's created races without leaning towards racism.
After watching the Lord of the Rings films I thank the universe and Mother Earth for the Rap/hip-hop culture and the counterbalancing influence the Rap/hip-hop culture has on the youth here in America and around the world.</P>[/quote}
Excuse me, but I think the rap and hip-hop culture is EXTREMELY racist. One can't even begin to compare LOTR being racist, which it isn't, to the racism of rap/hip-hop. Being white, i hate hearing lyrics from rappers saying that white people can't dance and white people don't know how to party, etc. To some extend this may be true, but the image that rap/hip-hop has established in the public that every single white person is rich, stuck-up, and has a flat backside is way more racist than any movie version of LOTR could dream of being.
This is simply because the racist images of the white population that modern-day rappers and hip-hop artists state in their lyrics will continue to go down in history as long as the world lets them continue, which they will.
His so-called racism in LOTR is not as dynamic. I have never heard anyone from Asia or Africa or wherever say that they believed the LOTR movies were racist. Even if someone did say it was racist, as made apparent by this thread, the statement would be shot-down or ignored anyway.
There are so many of us that love those movies because it portays a fantasy world we wish we could escape to when the real world gives us nothing but trouble. Face it, real life isn't fun and I think that everyone of every race or descent can agree with that. So all Tolkien did was create a world that is "fun" for us as a whole world to "escape" to, and in turn, Peter Jackson modernized the world's "escape methods" by making an epic film-version of Tolkien's books.
So buzz off the racist nonsense, we as a whole planet want the same thing---a better planet. And who gave us that better planet?--J.R.R. Tolkien.
I rest my case.