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You know what's hilarious?

Racists like the "Council of Conservative Citizens" and a web-group called Boycott-Thor.com are having a collective meltdown over the casting of a black dude to play Heimdall in the Thor movie.

Their reasoning: OMG NORSE MYTHOLOGY IT SHOULD BE WHIIIIITE.

(I think Penny Arcade's summary works.)

The reason this is funny: If they weren't reactionary racist morons, they might have done some basic research, and could make a case for miscasting rather better on the grounds that Heimdall was called "the whitest of the Aesir". Therefore, arguably, making him the black Aesir is a little contra-mythological.

The thing is, you know what?

None of the Aesir were Marvel superheroes, and actual Norse mythology is more-or-less totally incompatable with the Marvelverse.

So get over it. If dude is awesome enough to be Heimdall, which I don't know because I've never seen him in anything but Kenneth Branagh apparently cast him and Kenneth Branagh is pretty damn good so I'm assuming he is awesome enough to be Heimdall, then dude is awesome enough to be Heimdall and therefore shut up, you racist morons. You missed your chance to have the faintest shred of non-racist credibility when you didn't actually do any research on this first.
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From:[personal profile] copracat
Date: December 21st, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
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Dude is so awesome I will likely watch this thing for him alone.
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From:[personal profile] sami
Date: January 8th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
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(Sorry for lateness of reply)

See, that's the kind of information that makes this casting choice clearly valid.

I was going to say that these people are too hung up on skin colour, but then I realised that duh, racists.
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