A science fiction writer has called the Lord of the Rings series racist because he claims that orcs are discriminated against in the movies. He also claims that they were written as inferior.
His name is Andy Duncan and he's claiming that JRR Tolkien has written the orcs as purposely 'worse than others' in the sense that they are inferior and discriminated against. Duncan claims that this is bad and has 'dire consequences for society.'
Tolkien himself is a huge critic of racism and has spoken out about the Nazi's who ruined Germany in the 30's and 40's, but that didn't matter to Duncan. Nevertheless, Duncan persisted to label the Lord of the Rings movies racist.
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Duncan was on a podcast called Geek's Guide to the Galaxy and he said: "It's hard to miss the repeated notion in Tolkien that some races are just worse than others, or that some peoples are just worse than others. And this seems to me - in the long term, if you embrace this too much - it has dire consequences for yourself and for society."
He added that maybe the characters doing the "dark lord's bidding" were just trying to save themselves in a form of self-preservation.
"A lot of these creatures that were raised out of the earth had not a great deal of choice in the matter of what to do. I have this very complicated sense of the politics of all that."
Then Duncan compares the orcs to the refugees and turned it into a talk about President Donald Trump and what's going on at the Mexican border. Somehow he went from saying the Lord of the Rings movies are racist right to Donald Trump and the border situation. That's a very large jump to make.
He said, "It is easier to demonise one's opponents than to try to understand them and to understand the complex forces that are leading to, for example, refugees trying to cross the southern border [of the US] legally or illegally.
'It's easier to build walls and demonise them as "scum"."
The icing on the cake is when Duncan said that "Tolkien's good guys are white and the bad guys are black, slant-eyed, unattractive, inarticulate and a psychologically undeveloped horde."
Or maybe it's just a movie and we shouldn't think so deep into it.