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Saturday, December 18, 2021

If you think that comic book geeks are an insufferable lot when it comes to film adaptations of their beloved characters, consider the wrath of those who sorta-kinda believe said characters are real. Thor, the next big-budget production coming from Marvel Studios, is facing a boycott from British white supremacists over the casting of a black actor as one of the Asgard crew:

The Council of Conservative Citizens is upset that London-born Idris Elba, star of The Wire and BBC detective series Luther as well as a number of Hollywood films, is to play deity Heimdall in the Marvel Studios feature. The group, which opposes inter-racial marriage and gay rights, has set up a website, boycott-thor.com to set out its opposition to what it sees as an example of leftwing social engineering…

“Now [Marvel] has taken it one further, casting a black man as a Norse deity in their new movie Thor. Marvel has now inserted social engineering into European mythology.”

Note that in the Norse chronicles, Heimdall is the watchman of Bifrost, the rainbow-colored bridge between Midgard (earth) and Asgard (heaven). Given that this Council has a thing against gays and blacks, it’s not surprising that this mythological juxtaposition — black guardian, rainbow-flag road — would have them protesting in favor of a whitewash.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/18/2010 08:00pm
Category: Movies, Pop Culture, Society
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