Idris Elba (RocknRolla, “The Wire”) plays a Norse god by the name of Heimdall in Marvel’s “Thor” film. Heimdall is sometimes referred to as “The White God,” which is why the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) is planning to boycott the movie when it hits theaters on May 6th 2011.
The group wrote: “Norse mythology gets multi-cultural remake in upcoming movie titled ‘Thor.’ It’s not enough that Marvel attacks conservative values, now mythological Gods must be re-invented with black skin. It seems that Marvel Studios believes that white people should have nothing that is unique to themselves. An upcoming movie, based on the comic book Thor, will give the Aesir (god) an insulting multi-cultural make-over. One of the Gods will be played by Hip Hop DJ Elba.”
The way the statement is written seems quite racist. But does CofCC have a reason to be angry?
Elba recently defended the casting, stating: “Thor is mythical, right? Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers. That’s OK, but the color of my skin is wrong? If you know anything about the Nords, they don’t look like me but there you go. I think that’s a sign of the times for the future. I think we will see multi-level casting. I think we will see that, and I think that’s good.”
Several fans have responded by stating: “This PC crap has gone too far. Norse deities are not of an African ethnicity” and “Asgard is home to the Norse Gods. I wouldn’t expect to see many Brad Pitt types walking around in the Black Panther’s Wakanda Palace or as Martin Luther King Jr..”
CofCC has previously called Marvel “viciously anti-white” and even “racist,” pointing to the company’s “Black Panther” comics which have endless evil white characters, who are murderers and rapists, and are often racist.
Question: Is Marvel correct in casting a black actor to play a Norse god in “Thor”?