Thursday, April 21, 2011

Racists Get Crazy Over Black Viking

So, I'm totes way excited for the Thor movie, much like millions of comic book fans and Chris Hemsworth-lovin' pervs.  My number one search term (I'm not even joking) that leads random people to find my blog via Google is "Chris Hemsworth Sex God." 

Some aren't so excited, and are calling for a boycott of the movie.  Why? 

Because Heimdall, the Guardian of the Rainbow Bridge, is black.


"As of Wednesday morning, 1,483 people liked the 'Boycott Thor (2011) by Marvel Studios' Facebook page. Among those showing their virtual disapproval of director Kenneth Branagh's upcoming comic book movie is Elmer Smith of Bradenton, Fla., a '47 year old proud son of the South' with a Confederate flag combined with skull and crossbones as his profile pic. On the Facebook page itself, Ian Tucker writes, 'I'll watch this when they remake "Shaft" with a white guy.' Nikola Brdja Spaskeh, assault rifle in hand in his profile image, adds, 'Jewlywood, more History, less Political Correctness and Liberal Agenda,' before wondering if Hollywood will make a movie with 'Will Smith as Adolf Hitler' and bemoaning the stealing of European heritage. There is also a link where you can buy 'Boycott Thor' T-shirts, bumper stickers and even aprons on"

Yes, that's right, they're pissed off because Idris Elba, known for his work on "The Wire," was cast in a minor role in a science fiction epic.

For one, there's a strong tradition in Hollywood of casting ethnic minorities in Viking movies (click the link below to see). 

More importantly, however, is this isn't a Viking movie.  It's a Space God comic book movie based on entirely fictional characters invented by Stan Lee.  I'm pretty sure Norse Gods from outer fucking space can be whatever the hell kinda color they want to be, thank you very much.



  1. Agree totally with you on the race issue.

    But the movie? Feh. I'll wait for the reviews. The trailer looks incredibly stoopid. I say if you're going to go to the trouble of pumping up your body on illegal steroids, you should just do porn and skip the idiotic costumes.

    Just my opinion, of course.

  2. What, Bucephalus as a porn advocate? Insane!

  3. Incidentally, as a comic book nerd, not ALL the "norse" gods of that pantheon are depicted as Caucasian. Tyr, for example always has been depicted as darker skinned than the fairer, blonder Thor. These are alien/Gods in a comic book. This isn't Norse mythology proper, and what on earth sort of logic is "Will Smith playing Adolf Hitler"...these people are just dumb beyond my ability to decipher.

  4. I'm so glad you started reading, G. ;)