So, there's a certain subset of fandom that seems to make a habit of protesting that Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto, is totally JEWISH NOT GERMAN. (XMFC movieverse particularly.)|
It irritates me. He is Jewish AND German.
Not for nothing, morons, but the argument that because a man is Jewish, he is therefore not German?
Is the one the Nazis were making. It's not impossible that Erik would stab you in the face for saying he isn't German, because that's the attitude that killed his family.
Dude is German. Dude is Jewish. These things are not mutually exclusive.
So my good buddy velithya wrote a story a while back that featured Tony Stark getting turned into a tiny kitten.|
It was totally plausible (well, Marvel-plausible), but the summary of the story was "WTF KITTEN" for a reason.
Anyway, to continue my exploration of pencil-drawing, and pencil-drawing of humans, which I've been doing for the past few weeks now, I did a drawing of Steve and kitten!Tony.
And Dean has been encouraging me to post it. So here it is:
( Scan below. )
Last night Dean and I saw Captain America.|
It was totally awesome, but there was one scene that made me twitch as follows:
It's 1943, and we see a bunch of American soldiers. Some of them are black. The scene is, in many ways, an extremely moving and awesome scene.
However, for me, it was partly spoiled by the voice in my head querying: "Wait, weren't the US troops still segregated then? I thought desegregation of the Army was Truman..."
It's okay, it's Marvelverse History, not Real World History, so multiracial US Army battalions can totally have existed, including the Japanese-American guy. (Yeah, you may be from California, buddy, but the United States still classed you as an "enemy alien".)
I justify a lot of things to myself that way with these movies.
Dec. 21st, 2010 @ 09:10 am
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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