Danish Actor Baffled When Asked about Lack of ‘Diversity’ in 18th-Century Drama


(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) The historical revisionism of über-woke Hollywood propagandists on shows like the Netflix hit Bridgerton has now led leftists to demand that all filmmakers cast aside accuracy in service of their agenda.

A reporter confronted Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen and director Nikolaj Arcel about the lack of diversity in their upcoming film, The Promised Land, questioning why they did not include more actors of color in the 18th-century western Eurpoean tale.

The movie is set in Denmark in 1755, telling the story of Ludvig Kahlen—a man hell-bent on becoming king, but who ran into trouble with a local landowner, according to the Daily Caller.

Despite the fact that the setting of the film obviously did not lend itself to a great amount of diversity, a reporter from the filmmakers’ home country asked Mikkelsen and Arcel if they were concerned this would not lead to any critical acclaim.

“Hello, I am from Denmark and it’s a pleasure to be here,” the reporter began. “So you’re a little bit into it, this is a cast and Danish production, which is entirely Nordic, it therefore has some lack of diversity you would say.”

The reporter then attempted to make reference to a controversial new diversity requirement recently imposed by the Academy Awards, which excludes movies from consideration unless they meet a certain quota of minority crew-members.

“There’s also new rules implied in Hollywood…” he began.

However, Mikkelson promptly interrupted the reporter, a look of disbelief on his face.

“What are you onto?” he asked incredulously.

The reporter reiterated the question, wondering if the lack of diversity was for “artistic reasons” and if they were concerned about their chances of winning an Oscar.

“Are you?” Mikkelsen shot back. “You’re putting us on the spot so you answer the question.”

The reporter mentioned Parasite, a South Korean movie released in 2019, met diversity quotas for American awards shows (simply by virtue of its South Korean setting).

“I don’t understand the question,” Mikkelsen said.

Director Arcel attempted to answer the question, noting the film’s commitment historical accuracy.

“Well, first of all, the film takes place in Denmark in the 1750’s, we do have a big plot line you know about a girl of color who is being subjected to racism and you know and which was very rare [to have] any people of color in Denmark and almost nobody, she was probably at the time the only one in the entire country of Denmark,” he said. “I would say that it… wasn’t a thought in our minds, that I think it would be a little weird, you know, if – it’s just a historical [portrayal] of how it was in 1750.”