Perhaps I'll leave this place. I've far horizons to explore. The world is wider than my feeble vision, and echoes can not see. I feel a calling to depart from the commonplace and usual. My perception has been dulled by repetition. And so I'll leave, take up my hopes, and travel far, to that waiting destination until existence again bores me. Then I'll leave once more.
[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, where 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 for the original giftset, the transcription, and the subsequent commentary.
MEXICANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT ESTABLISHED LOS ANGELES ON THIS DAY IN 1781
The Los Angeles Pobladores, or “townspeople,” were a group of 44 settlers and four soldiers from Mexico who established the famed city on this day in 1781 in what is now California. The settlers came from various Spanish castes, with over half of the group being of African descent.