In a move that seems to be stuck in the 1950′s, ‘The Council of Conservative Citizens‘ have decided to boycott the Marvel film Thor because the studio decided to use a black actor to portray one of the Norse Gods.
The character of Heimdall, played by Idris Elba, has begun to stir up old racist behaviors.
In classic Norse Mythology, Heimdall, also called "The White God," is usually depicted as such, and is also portrayed as a white man in the Marvel comics.
For whatever reason, Kenneth Branagh decided to use an actor that breaks this stereotype. Good for him.
The neo-racist conservative group’s head, Dr. Sam Francis, said in his "Statement of Principles:"
“Norse mythology gets multi-cultural remake in upcoming movie titled “Thor,” Marvel studios. It’s not enough that Marvel attacks conservatives values, now mythological Gods must be re-invented with black skin.
It seems that Marvel Studios believes that white people should have nothing that is unique to themselves. An upcoming movie, based on the comic book Thor, will give the Aesir an insulting multi-cultural make-over. One of the Gods will be played by Hip Hop DJ Elba.”
Website Slashfilm points out that they are arguing about the depiction of a mythological (AKA FICTIONAL) character, and that it should be up to the storyteller’s discretion to cast as they see fit.
What kind of world do we live in that this kind of s**t still happens? Come on, the behavior of this group is just despicable. Besides, have you SEEN Idris? Holy sexyness! And I’m all about sexy men in movies, YUMMY!
Let the debate begin… in the comments section, folks!
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