Quote:On the Thor msg board there was a post regarding the decision to Cast a black man as Heimdal, now one of the participants on the board couldnt wait to tell everyone why he knew th is was "political correctness" now my question is very simple WHY WHY WHY is it that everytime someone black gets a role or a job or something that someone else doesnt think he or she should have it has to be reverse racism or political correctness, be it a Quarterback ala Limbaugh, or a President, or even an actor, just wondering everyone.
Let me say two things.
1. I love Idris Elba. Loved him on The Wire and The Office.
2. I think he can be a good Heimdall. Heimdall has that icy cool demeanor that Idris has in a lot of things I've seen him in.
However even though I don't mind this one instance I don't like the trend of replacing established white characters with black characters just to make a racially diverse movie. I don't think it's insulting to the white fans...I think it's insulting to blacks. It's saying I can trick you into watching this movie just by changing this character's skin color.
We know the reverse trend would not be tolerated. You could not have a white Falcon if you made a Captain America movie. I freely grant that minorities are under represented...but do you really want black actors to just have roles in comic book movies by making a white comic character black. It seems to say hey we can't find anything else for you so here you go.
off topic but did anyone else cringe when they saw Angelina Jolie played Daniel Pearl's african american wife in The Mighty Heart.
Reverend Meteor (call me racist but James Bond should always be a middle age white british guy)
Let me be clear, I don't think that Heimdal should be played by Elba. Im not going to boycott the movie because of it, but a character is a character is a character. I didn't care for the black kingpin, or the black alicia masters, or the black nick fury. Why? Because that is not who the characters were intended to be, I think that it is a business decision to try and reach out to more audience, you know the whole "Isdris Elba is going to be in a movie lets go see it". Having said that this is not the first time marvel or those representing them have not followed the origins to the letter when doing movies.
My thing was WHY did it have to be called a "politically correct" move as i've heard that it is? And why is that always the norm in these instances?