Elijah Wood and Fellow “Lord of the Rings” Cast Members Show Support for Diversity in Middle-Earth Amid Racist Backlash to Amazon’s “Rings of Power”

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The Lord of the Rings” cast members Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan banded together on social media to support the diverse casting in Amazon’s new series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” The series, which launched its first two episodes on Sept. 2 to critical acclaim and 25 million global viewers, has come under fire by racist fans upset by the casting of actors of color in prominent roles. Wood, Boyd and Monaghan posed for a photo wearing t-shirts that features the ears of Middle-earth creatures in various skin tones.

“You are all welcome,” Wood’s caption reads.

Sean Astin posted his own photo to his Twitter page in which he wore a hat with the same design on it.

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The message is clear: Wood, Boyd, Astin and Monaghan stand by Middle-earth welcoming diversity just as “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” depicts. Wood included a link to an online store where fans can purchase their own t-shirts with the design on it. The store is also selling a sweatshirt and more clothing items with the same graphic. The shirt as seen in the photo is selling for $22.00. Per the online shop: “50% of all proceeds will go to a charity that supports POC.”

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SOURCE: Variety, Zack Sharf

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