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A Black Heimdall? Thor Controversy and Ethnic Tokenism

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A Black Heimdall? Thor Controversy and Ethnic Tokenism

So, a black Heimdall, huh?

I’m going to join with Penny Arcade by saying that the racist groups currently protesting the casting choice aren’t really to be taken seriously. The Council of Conservative Citizens has been recognized as a hate organization; their interest in the issue lies only in their bigotry.

So we can dismiss the issue of agreeing with racists and the underlying awkward shame. It’s ridiculous to seriously believe that the casting of Idris Elba as Heimdall is some sort of sinister attempt to deny Europeans their cultural heritage. It’s far more likely he was chosen simply because he was a good actor fitting the role of Heimdall for the movie than the producers are out to indoctrinate children and young adults.

It does, however, raise an interesting question: do authors and creators of media have a responsibility to enforce diversity? And how important is ethnicity to verisimilitude when it comes to a setting? Read On

Thor (The Movie) – Trailer hits the web

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Thor (The Movie) – Trailer hits the web

The folks who were lucky enough to get into Thor panel at Comic Con have already seen the trailer for the movie.  Unfortunately for us, we were one of the many that didn’t get in. But, everyone can enjoy it past the break now.  The trailer clocks in at about 5 mins of footage and gives you enough preface to the story to help those that don’t already know what Thor is about.

Update: New video source

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Thor: The Video Game Trailer

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Thor: The Video Game Trailer

Just released a new teaser for Thor: The Video Game. The trailer was originally shown at Comic Con but has now been released for everyone. The storyline is original and has been worked on by Matt Fraction, lead Thor comic book author. Thor: The Video Game is scheduled to be released sometime next year on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP and Nintendo DS.