Keep Your Loins Girded! Petition To Keep Nudity Out of Lord of The Rings Series Reaches 32,000 Sigs
According to pop culture site BoundingIntoComics.com, a Change.org petition has already acquired over 32,000 signatures from Tolkien fans who want to keep the legendary author’s intellectual property “mostly family friendly.”
The description of the petition reads, “Amazon Prime has an upcoming Lord of the Rings series set before the trilogy. They have hired ‘intimacy coaches’ and have asked that actors be comfortable with doing nude scenes in the castings.” Uh oh. That doesn’t sound good. The page added, “Tolkien’s work is truly wholesome and packed with incredible Christian symbolism. He was a devout Catholic, and his memory does not need to be stained with gratuitous nudity or even nudity in the slightest.”
Of course there is fear that Amazon’s upcoming Lord Of the Rings series – which is set to have one of the biggest production budgets in Hollywood history – is going to get the full fantasy treatment a la Game of Thrones. And by that we mean, in addition to violent spectacle, there will be all manner of immoral sexual gratuity. And of course there were rumors last Fall that the show runners were looking for an “intimacy coordinator” and seeking cast members comfortable with nudity.
MRC Culture reported on these rumors last October, citing info from ComicBook.com which claimed, “Now a casting call has gone out for various actors, including those ‘comfortable with nudity.’ The casting call from the BGT talent agency caught the eye of Lord of the Rings fansite TheOneRing.net. It reads, ‘Comfortable with Nudity? Up to $500 per day. Use reference NUDE.’”
ComicBook.com also alleged that “the production also has an intimacy coordinator on its team, suggesting the series could include sex scenes.” If you aren’t familiar with an “intimacy coordinator,” it’s a trendy, new-fangled Hollywood job for the post-#MeToo era which involves a professional mediator making actors and actresses comfortable on set for their salacious nude scenes.
Clearly, this spells disaster for earnest fans of the series which is beloved for its portrayal of honor, high moral virtue, and heroism in the face of daunting evil. If Lord of the Rings was to get the Game of Thrones treatment, it would just become another sleazy fantasy property aimed at the lowest common denominator audiences.
Whether these rumors come true or not, it’s good that proper Tolkien fans tell Amazon that they better not scandalize one of the great modern works of western civilization with their cheap sexual and violent schlock. Please keep Mr. Tolkien from turning over in his grave by signing the petition.