Say No To Hobbit Racism!
And just when you thought the P.C brigade could not get any worse,
Peter Jackson's already troubled Hobbit film has become embroiled in accusations of racism after an extra claimed she was told she was too dark to play one of the diminutive Tolkien creatures.
Briton Naz Humphreys, who has Pakistani heritage, attended a casting session in Hamilton, New Zealand, last week and stood in line for three hours only to be told her skin tone was not suitable.
The Waikato Times said video footage from the audition showed the casting manager telling people they were looking for light-skinned people to play Hobbits.
He reportedly tells the would-be Hobbits: 'I'm not trying to be... whatever. It's just the brief. You've got to look like a Hobbit.'
Ms Humphreys, who is in New Zealand on a working holiday with her husband, told the newspaper: 'It's 2010 and I still can't believe I'm being discriminated against because I have brown skin.
'Wrong skintone': Naz Humphreys attended a casting session in New Zealand but after standing in line for three hours was told her colour wasn't suitable for a Hobbit
They all look kind of homogenised beige and all derived from the Caucasian gene pool.
A spokesman for Peter Jackson said he was unaware of the casting restriction and described it as an 'incredibly unfortunate error'.