The Council of Conservative Citizens, the modern-day offspring of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s favorite segregationist organization, the White Citizens Council, is seriously ticked off over a Black man playing a Norse god in the upcoming comic book movie, Thor.
Roll that thought around in your mind and consider just how silly that is.
The Council of Conservative Citizens has launched a website calling for a boycott of the new Marvel comic-inspired film Thor, because a character is being played by a black actor.
The CCC is the contemporary incarnation of the segregationist Citizens Councils, which sprung up across the South in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education and which possible Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour praised in a recent interview.
“It seems that Marvel Studios believes that white people should have nothing that is unique to themselves,” a post on the CCC’s website reads. “An upcoming movie, based on the comic book Thor, will give Norse mythology an insulting multi-cultural make-over. One of the Gods will be played by Hip Hop DJ Idris Elba.”
Elba is probably better known as the award-winning actor who starred in The Wire, American Gangster and a brief stint on The Office.
Boycott-thor.com expands on the CCC’s position: Marvel has a history of advocating for the left-wing. In early 2010 they even used their Captain America comic to attack the TEA Party movement. Marvel front man Stan “Lee” Lieber personally funds left-wing political candidates. Now Marvel has inserted left-wing social engineering into European mythology, casting a black man to play a Norse deity.
Idris Elba is a “hip-hop DJ?” Get the hell outta here! Who knew? Elba has taken flak from comic book nerds upset that the very Black actor was cast by Thor director Kenneth Branagh to play the very White and Nordic Heimdall. For his part, Elba is having fun with the color-blind casting.
“There has been a big debate about it: can a black man play a Nordic character? Hang about, Thor’s mythical, right? Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers. That’s OK, but the colour of my skin is wrong?
“I was cast in Thor and I’m cast as a Nordic god 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.”
When I read Elba was playing Heimdall, I just shrugged. No, Heimdall isn’t Black, but neither was the Kingpin when Michael Clarke Duncan played him in Daredevil. Where was the Council when Halle Berry followed in the boots of Eartha Kitt in giving Catwoman an extreme makeover? Now there’s a movie that deserved a boycott.
I did like the way the Council put it out front that Stan Lee’s real last name is “Lieber” because he’s Jewish, you know and we all know how those Jews just love to subvert Aryan superheroes like Thor and Odin. I bet when Stan “the Man” Lee and Jack “the King” Kirby (real name Kurtzberg) came up with the idea of turning the Norse god of thunder into a super hero and setting him against the likes of Mangog, The Grey Gargoyle and the Radioactive Man, they were secretly hoping to make Thor an advocate for affirmative action.
The site also foams the mouth over Marvel’s dark history of publishing “extremist Black Power” comics like The Black Panther. Gee, what would they say about Luke Cage marrying a White woman and fathering her baby? Hey kids, Miscegenation Comics! Sweet Christmas!
Here we have just another in a long series of superhero movies where casting decisions are made all the time that infuriate and baffle fans of the original comics. Some have already griped the actor cast as Thor looks as though he should be toting a surfboard and not an enchanted hammer. The Council really has nothing better to do than call for boycotts of comic book influenced movies based on mythical characters?
The Council should relax, light up a cross or two, and unclench. It really could have been much worse.