April 28th, 2010
|07:11 am - All about Idris|
Idris Elba - Stringer Bell from The Wire (see icon) - is in the news a lot at the moment. It's about time he got the recognition he deserved, having played arguably The Best character in The Best TV show ever made, you would think that was a bit of a boost to the old CV.
So he now has his own British TV show Luther, playing a genius detective. This is the lead role on Prime Time BBC1, which is literally the best TV slot an actor can get in British television. This is a link to a Youtube clip of Idris discussing the role. (Personally I worry that the BBC are over-cautious about plot and vision in their headline shows, but I hope it is as good as it might be).
And Kenneth Branagh - always a good eye - is casting him as the Norse god Heimdall in his interpretation of the comic book Thor.
Comic fans (no, this is wrong, just a few fans) have reacted stupidly:
"This PC crap has gone too far! Norse deities are not of an African ethnicity! … It's the principle of the matter. It's about respecting the integrity of the source material, both comics and Norse mythologies."
"At the risk of sounding like a bigot, I think this is nuts! Asgard is home to the Norse Gods!!! Not too many un-fair complexion types roaming the frigid waste lands up there.
I will not point out the flaws in this argument, as I am sure they are apparent to all. Get a bleedin' grip guys. You should be on your knees thanking the gods you've got a man of this stature involved in your pet project.
Yes, but won't someone think of the white people? head!desk
Strange isn't it, that people say thay they're coloublind in casting which just happens to result in an entirely white cast because obviously those are the best people for the roles, but when a black person gets cast, suddenly it's just 'PC'?
I hope both Elba's projects are successful.
ETA: And it's another example where, white, for the most part I suspect, fans are objecting to having to make the imaginative leap to identify with the protagonists and heroes of the stories that black people have had to make for years. ETA 2: In fact, white fans have been explicitly protected from having to do that for years and they still are. See this image
from this blogpost
by N. K. Jemisin.Edited at 2010-04-28 08:32 am (UTC)
Woah, that's a bad Octavia Butler cover. I wonder if the illustrator had not read the story, or not read it properly, or whether they were told the protagonist had to be drawn as white
fans are objecting to having to make the imaginative leap to identify with the protagonists and heroes of the stories that black people have had to make for years
I just want to say how perfectly you've nailed the problem here, imho.