A British woman of Pakistani descent has accused Peter Jackson's casting management to be racist because she wasn't "pale-skinned" enough to be an extra.
This woman goes on to say, "It was the opportunity of a lifetime. I would love to be an extra. But it just seemed like a shame because obviously hobbits are not brown or black or any other colour. They all look kind of homogenised beige and all derived from the Caucasian gene pool." So wait a minute. You knew what type of people they might be looking for and you still think it's racism?
Okay, first of all there's a difference between hating or judging someone by the color of their skin vs. not looking the part of a cast member which best conveys the story and the environment. I mean, you can't cast a Caucasian guy to play the role of Shaft just like you can't cast a black guy to be King George VI (King's Speech).
Now this isn't something new, people make racism claims on casting in movies all the time. But it was a big enough incident to have Peter Jackson respond to these ridiculous accusations. His spokesperson says, "It is not something the producers or the director of The Hobbit were aware of; they would never issue instructions of this kind to the casting crew. All people meeting the age and height requirements are welcome to audition for The Hobbit."
What they forgot to add is, "You're welcome to audition for The Hobbit as long as you're not an idiot who has no f#cking idea what appearance would fit the role of an extra in the film."