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atrimus

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The Black Guardian
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Subj: Re: Political Correctness and the new Thor movie
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 11:38:52 am EST (Viewed 1097 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Political Correctness and the new Thor movie
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 12:18:23 am EST (Viewed 1050 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.



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      i don't think it was a PC move, but rather one to make money by drawing in a potentially bigger audience. otherwise i agree with you, for the most part. i'd rather see the movie first, to ascertain why a black actor was chosen for the role.



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    I think the two go hand-in-hand. They feel they have to be PC for purely mercenary reasons.


not necessarily. unless my understanding of the term is wrong, PC means to minimize offending a certain group by whatever means. i don't think blacks would take offense that a white Norse god wasn't black in film. with Heimdal they're attempting to attract a black audience through inclusion, not placate blacks to minimize an offense.


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        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."



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      isn't this a bit separate from Thor comics though?



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    Perhaps, but if you ask me if I think it should be, my answer would be no. Heimdall's whiteness is central to him, as god of light, imo.


yeah, i agree, and i did scratch my head upon learning a black actor (albeit, a good actor) was playing him. it just doesn't seem to make any sense. however, i would like to see the movie first to see how they explain it all.


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    And I dislike Thor with blond hair and Sif with black hair, too. Just saying.


agreed.