The stars of Rings of Power, the new Lord of the Rings series on Amazon Prime, are calling out the racist abuse directed at their diverse cast.
After airing for the first time last week, trolls bombarded social media with hateful comments about the production’s decision to cast people of colour including Lenny Henry, Sophia Nomvete and Ismael Cruz Cordova.
On the official Lord of the Rings Twitter page, a message from the team reads:
“We, the cast of Rings of Power, stand together in absolute solidarity and against the relentless racism, threats, harassment and abuse some of our cast mates of colour are being subjected to on a daily basis. We refuse to ignore it or tolerate it.”
“JRR Tolkein created a world which, by definition, is multi-cultural. A world in which free peoples from different races and cultures join together, in fellowship, to defeat the forces of evil. Rings of Power reflects that. Our world has never been all white, fantasy has never been all white, Middle-earth is not all white. BIPOC belong in Middle-earth and they are here to stay. ”
The message continues to thanks all their fans of colour “who are themselves being attacked simply for existing in this fandom…You are valid, you are loved and you belong.”
The message comes after a number of stars from the original trilogy including Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monoghan, shared their own posts of solidarity online with the caption, “You Are All Welcome Here.”
(Feature Image Credit: courtesy Prime Video)