AMC – Middle Earth’s Civil Rights Movment

My new column is up at AMC. This week I take a look at ethnic diversity in fantasy films, or the lack thereof.

One of the draws to fantasy for me has always been the rich worlds and strange cultures inherent in the genre. Give me the wide world of Middle Earth and I’m a happy girl: Elves and hobbits and humans, oh my. And I was happy in that fantasy world, until a friend of mine asked, “Where are the brown elves?” It’s funny how just one question will make you see things through a different lens: Can it be that the only characters in The Lord of the Rings who are black are the orcs? Sadly, yes.

I’ll be interested to hear your responses so stop by and comment.

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