(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
With the release of Marvel’s ‘Thor’ only months away you’d think everything would be all right for the land of Asgard and you would be sadly mistaken. With a multi-national cast rounding out the Norse gods the film should be an expected smash hit, but a certain group is trying to boycott the film based on the color of an actor’s skin. Idirs Elba has come under fire for playing the role of Heimdel, brother of Sif in ‘Thor’ because of the fact that Heimdel is protrayed as a white man in Norse Mythology and the comics. The fundamentalist group the Council of Conservative Citizens have organized an online boycott of the Kenneth Branagh directed film. According to the group this is part of Marvel’s “anti-white” campaign.
From their online blog, they wrote: “It’s not enough that Marvel attacks conservatives values, now mythological Gods must be re-invented with black skin.” Kyle Rogers, head of the CoCC, believes that “Marvel has taken their anti-white, radical campaign even further. They cast a black man as a Norse Deity.” According to the group Norse Gods are real people that existed and are Aryan.
So your telling me that a group originally meant simply as a neutral ethno-linguistic classification, later used for ideologically motivated racism in Nazi and neo-Nazi doctrine, doesn’t like a black man playing a white god. Now it all makes sense! Now while it’s just ludicrous that a group thinks someone can’t play what they call a “whites only” role then it’s their right too. You know what though, it’s the studio’s right to hire who they want to play what the actor tries out for. It’s a new age and actors are allowed to play who they want.
Elba, Stringer Bell on “The Wire” believes the boycott is absurd asking, “Thor’s mythical, right? Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers. That’s OK, but the color of my skin is wrong?” Well, apparently Thor was real and if he can flick his fingers to make hammer’s fly to him why can’t I flick my fingers to transport my beer into my hand. Coming from a site that has posted that Marvel has a history of publishing “Black Power” comics this makes them seem like a bunch of morons. If these guys were to try and protest this garbage their preaching at something like comic-con (like these idiots) they’d get their asses handed to them in geek fashion. Yet, while we can just laugh at all this nonsense we can’t take this group lightly, they have connections.
When your connected to big name politicians like Mike Huckabee, Bob Barr, Haley Barbour and Ann Coulter, and this year collaborated with Tea Party groups in the states of Florida and Mississippi to help elect the new conservative Congress, you can’t just laugh it off. Yes, the racism is real but so are the people involved in this. They all have their worries and fears about what should and shouldn’t be but this is a little much to be concerned with. It’s a movie, a piece of fantasy with high budget effects and sets, far from the world these people believe in. Other actors of color have portrayed roles originally held by white people and they’ve done a fantastic job. Hell, white actors have been cast in Asian roles and the community wasn’t trying to rush studios in protest. Even more, star actor Jake Gyllenhaal was the “Prince of Persia” and that was a casting choice that pissed off quite a few people but they stuck to their guns on the decision.
This might only be a speed bump on the road to Thor’s release but it’s might spin the car right into a ditch. If Marvel doesn’t really care about this it’ll get brushed right to the side, a splash in the pan.
Via: You Bent My Wookie