Marvel Boycotted by White Supremacists
Marvel Comics became a right wing target earlier this year after publishing a comic in which Captain America “undermined” the Tea Party. Now the Disney-owned company has come under fire for having black actor Idris Elba play a “whites only” role in the movie adaptation of ‘Thor.’ You can’t make this stuff up.
Fundamentalist group Council of Conservative Citizens joined a boycott of the Kenneth Branagh-directed ‘Thor’, because, according to the group, Elba has no right to be playing Norse god Heimdel, because all Norse gods, real people who exist, are Aryan.
“It’s not enough that Marvel attacks conservatives values, now mythological Gods must be re-invented with black skin,” they write. “It seems that Marvel Studios believes that white people should have nothing that is unique to themselves.”
Another post attacks Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ series for sympathizing with independent South Africa, and Kyle Rogers, who heads the Council’s South Carolina chapter, lamented, “Marvel has taken their anti-white, radical campaign even further. They cast a black man as a Norse Deity.” These people are horrible.
The Council, which calls the States “an integral part of European civilization and the European people,” and insists “the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character,” a more polite way of saying “white is right,” has now organized an online boycott of ‘Thor,’ Marvel and common decency.
Elba, known best for playing Stringer Bell on ‘The Wire,’ basically called the boycott as absurd rubbish, saying, “Thor’s mythical, right? Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers. That’s OK, but the color of my skin is wrong?”
The boycott comes after conservatives panned Marvel for an issue of Captain America’ in which the iconic hero describes what appears to be a Tea Party protest as an “anti-tax thing,” while his ally, black hero The Falcon, says he wouldn’t be welcome among the “angry white folks.”
Tea Party adherents and the Council both seized on the moment, with one conservative analyst remarking, “It seems to me there was a clear effort on someone’s part to undermine the Tea Party movement.”
Marvel writer Ed Brubaker was forced to defend the art. “I was simply using them to show the mood in the country in various places outside Captain America and the Falcon’s usual home, New York City,” he said. “It’s very similar to other things we’ve done in the comic, showing left-wing protest crowds back during the election season in 2008.”
This all sounds very silly: fringe white supremacists waging an untenable boycott. The Council, however, should not be so easily dismissed.
Though many politicians previously connected to the Council have disavowed its racist agenda — that list includes high profile leaders like Mike Huckabee, Bob Barr and Haley Barbour — the group has been defended by equally powerful leaders, like Ann Coulter, and this year collaborated with Tea Party groups in Florida and Mississippi to help elect our new conservative Congress. Their racism is real, and definitely worth keeping tabs on. That doesn’t mean, of course, the Council and its followers aren’t still totally ridiculous.
While we all know it’s great fun to hypothesize on the economics of superheroism, the majority of people know that Thor, Captain America and all those other costumed wonders aren’t a depiction of real life. Sure, the Council needs to work out its racist tendencies — America as a “European nation,” c’mon — but would also do well to suspend disbelief for a second and enjoy the show, because they’re doing nothing more than making themselves look like complete idiots.