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Doom's Doctor

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Subj: Re: Political Correctness and the new Thor movie
Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 11:58:29 am EST (Viewed 35 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Political Correctness and the new Thor movie
Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 12:03:21 am EST (Viewed 1136 times)

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It's not every time. But when a black actor is playing a Nordic god, something is wrong. This isn't like Sam Jackson being Nick Fury. You're talking about cultural icons. I don't want to see a white guy playing Ogun or Shango or any other African god either. And you know there would be an uproar if that happened. Disney can't even make a movie about a frog without people complaining that one of the characters is too light skinned.

To compound this, one of Heimdall's nicknames is "The White God," and he is described in the Eddas as "the whitest of the Æsir."

Business wise it's just a decision to try and bring in some of the black audience. It's almost somewhat insulting to cast a black man as a Norse deity - insulting to the African American community that is - almost a bribe.

I'd rather see the Green Lantern movie star John Stewart. He's very popular, due in part to the cartoon; he's established in the comics; the nature of the GL universe itself could lend to a few GL's in the movies. Why stick to the same formula as every other hero movie. Why couldn't GL2 introduce the corps, or just Jordan to Gardner and focus on more than 1 hero? I think it's a better way to get the AA community involved in a super hero movie than patronizing tricks like Heimdall.


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