Actor Idris Elba made news when he was cast in the role of Heimdall in the upcoming Marvel Comics movie Thor, but that news wasn’t positive. Some white supremacists got up in arms over a black man being cast as a Norse god. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter the actor blasted the critics and racists who had an issue with the casting. The actor had this to say:
We have a man [Thor] who has a flying hammer and wears horns on his head. And yet me being an actor of African descent playing a Norse god is unbelievable? I mean, Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth Taylor, and Gandhi was played by Ben Kingsley.
Bleeding Cool gave some other examples of minority roles including Noah Ringer playing Aang in The Last Airbender. Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeoh were in Memoirs of a Geisha and Reece Shearsmith as Papa Lazarou. I’ll also throw in C. Thomas Howell in Soul Man and since it’s on tv while I write this, Eddie Murphy in Coming to America.
The majority of the article is focused on roles for black actors and came on the heals of the NAACP Image Awards.
When I visited the Council of Concerned Citizens website to read their blog post calling for a boycott of the upcoming Thor movie I somehow got into their chat system.
While you can’t label the “thoughts” of a website for everyone in a chat (ahem, trolls) there is something to say about the company you keep (and also the fact that everyone attacks the one person trying to use reason). Keep in mind there was no damning of the blatantly racist comments.
I stuck around for about an hour. I’ve posted the full transcript of the chatroom discussions without editing (other than formatting and bolding highlights). You can make a decision for yourself as to whether or not these folks are racists.
The full discussion is below the fold. We’ve not edited this one bit other than clean it up to make it easier to read and we’ve also bolded some of the more interesting statements.
It looks like the upcoming Thor movie from Marvel comics is getting some attention by the Council of Conservative Citizens (aka white supremacists).
The ranting and raving is over actor Idris Elba, who you might know from The Wire, who portrays one of the Asgardians. I guess talented African American actors can’t play fictitious mythical comic book characters.
Check out the call to hate below:
Kyle Rogers sent a message to the members of Council of Conservative Citizens.
Kyle Rogers December 15, 2010 at 10:45am
Subject: Boycott Thor by Marvel Studios
Marvel Comics has a long history of promoting the extreme left-wing that goes all the way back to the 60’s. Just last year, the comic book company declare war on the TEA Party movement.
Now Marvel has taken their anti-white, radical campaign even further. They cast a black man as a Norse Deity in their new movie Thor, coming out May 6th, 2011. Even though Marvel co-produces an explicitly pro-black (and anti-white) cartoon for BET, they don’t think white people should have anything that is uniquely their own. Not even their own mythology and folk tales!
CofCC webmaster Kyle Rogers has launched a new website called http://www.boycott-thor.com and a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Thor2011-by-Marvel-Studios/180374758655178
Visit these sites and click the “like” button on the facebook page.
Um, yeah…. feel free to report the group to Facebook for inciting hate and racism.
(h/t to Larry Handlin for the heads up)