LOTR franchise accused of racism in its depiction of orcs

LOTR franchise accused of racism in its depiction of orcs
Orc shouts encouragement at Battle of Helms Deep, LOTR: Two Towers. YouTube, New Line Cinema

[Ed. – As Kat Timpf says, orcs are, you know … not real. Neither are hobbits, dwarves, or elves, for that matter. Andrew Duncan, on the other hand, does seem to be clarifying what his reaction is to encountering villains in fiction.]

“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,” Duncan said. “And this seems to me — in the long term, if you embrace this too much — it has dire consequences for yourself and for society.” …

[T]he idea that The Lord of the Rings’ daring to have an army of villains is going to have “dire consequences . . . for society” is absolutely bananas. I’m not much of a betting gal, but I’d bet everything I own that not even a single person has ever seen or read The Lord of the Rings and become racist as a result. Nobody is honestly sitting there thinking, “Man, all those orcs were bad. I guess that must mean that X race is bad! I’m a racist now!” I honestly refuse to believe that this would describe even a single person, let alone so many people that our whole society is going to suffer because of it.

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