From The Grio — The ridiculousness of a Midwestern-based hate group boycotting the upcoming film adaptation of Marvel Comics’Thor can only be properly dissected by showing that very hate group how insane and insensitive they sound.
First a black president, now this!
Ever since it was announced in April that the Norse god, Heimdall, would be played by British actor Idris Elba, fans and comic book aficionados, alike, have been in a tizzy, and rightfully, so. Heimdall can’t be a Black.
Think about the last black person you saw don a Nordic, Viking helmet. Is there anything heroic about Flavor Flav? I didn’t think so.
Next black guys are going to want to be hockey players or comptrollers. While I’d never side with a white supremacist group, The Council of Conservative Citizens’ boycott of the movie has a point.
In a statement on their website they denounced the upcoming Thor picture and it’s lead saying, “It’s not enough that Marvel attack conservative values, now mythological Gods must be re-invented with black skin.”
While I don’t know anything about their values and I’m willing to acknowledge the immense anger they must operate with daily playing white supremacist second fiddle to the KKK, they’re right. And it’s not racism, its just facts.
Aquaman. Do I even have to say it?
Spider-Man. White. Don’t let that Donald Glover for Spider-Man movement fool you, Peter Parker is as white as the driven snow.
Speaking of snow. C’mon. Black people and cold weather? Really? Thor is the all-powerful god capable of untold feats of strength and withstanding extreme heat or cold. Chris Bosh couldn’t even stand Toronto and I’m supposed to believe this guy is really of Norseman?
Why couldn’t he just play one of the black superheroes? You know the ones that kind of play the background and have black somewhere in their name so you know, “oh yeah, he’s the black guy.”
I’m sure a Black Panther or Static Shock movie might appeal to the Tyler Perry crowd, it’s not our fault all the really cool characters just so happen to be white.
Besides, we’ve seen this ‘make a classic white character a black character’ thing fail before. Anybody remember Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps playing The Honeymooners? What about the black version of Death At A Funeral? Both of those were forgettable. Next you’re going to want Fred and Wilma Flintstone to be played by black actors.
Here’s where The Council of Conservative Citizens lost me. “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 multicultural makeover. One of the Gods will be played by hip-hop DJ Elba.”