Movie-junkie / lifestyle outfit BADASS see nothing wrong with Thor character Heimdall portrayed as black. And they think you're an idiot if you do. Drop 'em a line here.
When it was announced that Idris Elba was cast as Heimdall in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, there was a certain segment of the online population that went nuts. See, Heimdall – a relatively minor character in the Thor comics
– had been traditionally portrayed as white, as had all the gods of
Asgard. Even small changes like costume differences or hair color can
send comic book fans spiraling into a rage, so the change of race made
some people apparently shit their pants.
Turns out they’re not alone. The Council of Conservative Citizens, classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is riled up as well. They’re either linking to or running a website called Boycott Thor, whose mission statement is as follows:
"It [sic] well known that Marvel is a company that
advocates for left-wing ideologies and causes. Marvel front man Stan
“Lee” Lieber boasts of being a major financier of left-wing political
candidates. Marvel has viciously attacked the TEA Party movement,
conservatives, and European heritage. Now they have taken it one
further, casting a black man as a Norse deity in their new movie Thor.
Marvel has now inserted social engineering into European mythology."
The Boycott Thor site also has an article that exposes the blackness
of The Black Panther, and is horrified that T’Challa is portrayed as a
genius. I really can’t tell if this is a joke or not; I couldn’t find
out to whom the site is registered, and their Facebook fan page seems
fairly legit (and has 150 fans). The Council of Conservative Citizens is
I’ve always felt there was a disturbing current of racism and
homophobia that lies just under the surface of fandom, but it’s hard to
sometimes tell whether it’s racial politics or semi-aspergian resistance
to change the fuels hatred of casting choices like Michael Clark Duncan
as Kingpin in Daredevil. Still,
it’s disturbing to see a race hate group standing shoulder to shoulder
with rank and file nerds when it comes to casting like this.
via Spinoff Online