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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: Political Correctness and the new Thor movie
Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 02:52:42 am EST (Viewed 555 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Political Correctness and the new Thor movie
Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 10:20:59 pm EST (Viewed 1008 times)

    If you are talking about across the board then no he probably isn't a "known name" to all demographics...but to the black demographic he is more likely a known name which correct me if I'm wrong is Atrimus's point. \:\)

I doubt he is a "known name" to any demographic, and most people probably know him as Stringer Bell. The Wire was an HBO show, where he was only in about half of the episodes, and that show wasn't that popular to the main population. He's had a few bit parts in a couple of movies, nothing really noteworthy, nothing to allowed him to standout. He's had two basically starring roles in movies, The Obsessed (third biggest star after Beyonce and Ali Larter) and Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls. The second one is noteable, but the demographic for those movies aren't 18-35 year old males, so it's not going to have much effect on that demographic for the Thor movies. To be clear, I'm a fan and look forward to both the Losers and his return in the eventual RocknRolla sequel.

Artiums's point (if I understand it) was that Elba was cast to expand the potential audience for the Thor film by increasing the amount of the black demographic to see this movie. I don't think that's true for numerous reasons (isn't that big of a name, Heimdell is I assume going to be a secondary/teritary character, too many other more important factors will play into any potential customer seeing this movie, etc).

    I hate the trend as well but those movies are also bad movies for a variety of other reasons like special effects, bad acting, bad writing etc \:\)

Which is my point. I'm not saying there is causation (replacing a white character with a black actor will cause the movie to be bad), only that there is correlation (the people making that decision are probably making other bad decisions).

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