Fans of hit fantasy television shows by wide margins support the casting of black actors as elves, dwarves and other characters — rebuffing online racist trolls who kicked up a fuss about such moves, a survey shows.
The poll comes in the wake of controversies over the casting of actors of color in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and black actor Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon in the Game of Thrones prequel, The House of the Dragon.
Morning Consult pollsters found that half of respondents supported casting black and brown actors in Hollywood movie and television roles typically associated with whites, while 28 percent were opposed.
Significantly, those who read works by JRR Tolkien and George RR Martin — the novelist creators of the two fantasy realms — were even more supportive of casting actors of color in traditionally white roles.
Some 55 percent of readers of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings saga, and 59 percent of readers of Martin’s A Song of Ice and…