[Gifset: Wyatt Cenac, a brown comedian, speaks on a stage, he says “This happened when they were making The Hobbit. They needed to cast background actors, specifically background hobbits.
So they had an open casting call and this Indian woman showed up, and she wanted to be one of the background hobbits. Presumably because she was tiny with giant feet. She showed up to the casting call, and they turned her away. They said “No, you can’t be in this movie, because you are to brown to be a hobbit.”
Now I’m gonna repeat that for you. Somebody told a real-life woman that her skin was too brown to play an imaginary creature. That basically in the whole fictional world of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, where you have dragons, and trolls, and talking trees, where you draw the line, whee imagination is capped out, is a brown hobbit.”]
Like fiery eyeball thing, no problem. But don’t even try to imagine a Samoan elf. (x)
"where imagination is capped out, is a brown hobbit."
Not to detract from Wyatt Cenac’s point, because it is definitely the most important issue at hand here, but shame on Peter Jackson even more because the Harfoot Hobbits were described by Tolkien as having brown skin:
“The Harfoots were browner of skin, smaller, and shorter, and they were beardless and bootless, their hands and feet were neat and nimble and they preferred highlands and hillsides.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien “Concerning Hobbits”
Reblogging again for the quote proving that brown hobbits are CANON Tolkien. Also, for SilverSarcasm’s text description of the lines being said in the gifs. Though I agree with bathsabbath: even if brown hobbits weren’t already canon (even if there are evidently fans—and producers—who were oblivious to this), it’s just silly (as well as racist) to claim that a brown hobbit is somehow more of a challenge to the imagination than a fiery eyeball thing, or a ring that can make you invisible and whatever.