Through the official Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Twitter account, the cast has taken a stand against the racist attacks some cast members of the Amazon Prime series are facing. Together we stand "in absolute solidarity against merciless racism, threats, harassment and insults" directed against BIPoC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color).
The three-part tweet continued, "We refuse to ignore or tolerate it. JRR Tolkien created a world that is by definition multicultural. A world where free peoples of diverse ethnicities and cultures come together as a community to... to defeat the forces of evil. [...] Our world has never been entirely white, imagination has never been entirely white, Middle-earth is not entirely white."
Because of the commitment of non-white actors for the roles of elves and dwarves, the series was targeted by opponents of an alleged "Wokeness dictatorship". On the review collection site "Rotten Tomatoes", professional critics currently (as of September 8) rated the series positively with 85 percent. In the user ratings, "The Rings of Power" only gets 39 percent of 100. Some observers interpret this as a sign of deliberate troll attacks against alleged political correctness.
The second major fantasy series currently running, "House of the Dragon" from the "Game of Thrones" universe, is also confronted with toxic hate comments. Steve Toussaint (57), one of the stars of the series, told "Men's Health" that some series fans have a problem with him being cast for the role of Corlys Velaryon. There are viewers who are "happy with a flying kite". "You're happy with white hair and violet eyes, but a rich black man? That's unacceptable."