White Supremacists Boycott 'Thor' Due to Skin Color Issue
Ace Showbiz, 17 December 2010
While many are excited to see Kenneth Branagh's "Thor", some are apparently not pleased with the movie. Council of Conservative Citizens have declared their plan to boycott the Marvel film following filmmakers' decision to cast Idris Elba as the Norse god Heimdall, who is depicted as being white in the classic mythology.
"Norse mythology gets multi-cultural remake in upcoming movie titled 'Thor,' Marvel studios. It's not enough that Marvel attacks conservatives values, now mythological Gods must be re-invented with black skin," so they write in an article at the website. "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 an insulting multi-cultural make-over. One of the Gods will be played by Hip Hop DJ Elba."
The Council, which calls the States "an integral part of European civilization and the European people," insists "the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character." They further criticize Marvel's depiction of the character by comparing the picture of Heimdall in his classic version with the one in Marvel's 1960 comic books. At the end of the article, they give a link to a site which marks the online campaign to boycott the film.
It can be denied that Heimdall is sometimes referred to as the "White God". However, in Marvel's comics the character is featured in darker skin.
Elba, who portrays Heimdall in the big screen adaptation, has previously spoken up about color skin issue in the film, saying "Thor's 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?"
"Thor", which will be released May 6, 2011 Stateside, has Chris Hemsworth taking the titular role. The story will follow the arrogant Thor who is cast down to Earth due to his reckless actions, but later learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of Asgard tries to invade Earth.