More PC gone mad

May 15th, 2012 at 7:30 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A petition has been launched over an adoption joke in the newAvengers movie that organisers have slammed as “insulting”.

The petition, which has 247 signatures, is over a line muttered by Chris Hemsworth’s character , after Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow tells him his brother Loki – a villain – has killed “80 people in two days”.

Thor replies: “He’s adopted.”

Petition organiser Jamie Berke said scriptwriter Joss Whedon should have thought about how the line would impact on viewers who were adopted themselves.

“According to your scriptwriter, the fact (Loki) was adopted is the reason he is a bad guy,” Berke said.

Mr Berke is a moron. The media are also stupid for giving publicity to a moron with a global petion petition that has only 247 signatures. How is this newsworthy? Is every idiot with no sense of humour now international news.

I happen to to know a bit about Thor. I’ve read well pretty much all 700 issues of the Marvel Comic the film is based on. I also have studied the original Norse mythology.

Even if the film was suggesting Loki is bad because he is adopted, Mr Berke should lighten up.  It is a film. But what Berke fails to know is that Loki is not the child of other gods, adopted by Odin. He is the son of Fárbauti and Laufey. Fárbauti (or Laufey in the comics) is a frost giant – one of those evil creatures that generally kill men (and gods). So the adoption reference is actually a reference to Loki being half-giant.

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22 Responses to “More PC gone mad”

  1. kowtow (8,463 comments) says:

    More PC gone mad,look same sex marriage……..

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  2. tvb (4,421 comments) says:

    I have no idea how you find the time to do so much reading, I feel exhausted just thinning about it.

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  3. UpandComer (536 comments) says:

    Wow DPF didn’t know you were such a comic buff that is some intense reading there!

    This ‘petitions’ is a joke. I want to go right up to the person who instigated and tell him I know why he was adopted because his parents knew he would do this.

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  4. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Heh…. “I’m here, I’m here….” :)
    I agree. PC madness!

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  5. Falafulu Fisi (2,179 comments) says:

    But Thor took the kon tiki expedition across the Pacific to find his real brother.

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  6. beautox (422 comments) says:

    So Key was right (as we all know) – the Herald is turning into a tabloid. But without the tits. I gave up buying it years ago.

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  7. eszett (2,408 comments) says:

    The media are also stupid for giving publicity to a moron with a global petion petition that has only 247 signatures.

    Not to mention the bloggers who blog about it. ;-)

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  8. eszett (2,408 comments) says:

    But without the tits. I gave up buying it years ago.

    Because of the lack of tits?

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  9. simonway (387 comments) says:

    I’ve read well pretty much all 700 issues of the Marvel Comic the film is based on.

    I had no idea you were such a comics fan. So, you agree that Beta Ray Bill is better than Thor, right?

    [DPF: No. Beta Ray Bill is one-dimensional. And ugly]

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  10. speters (108 comments) says:

    “‘According to your scriptwriter, the fact (Loki) was adopted is the reason he is a bad guy,’ Berke said.”

    Besides the obvious PC madness, I don’t buy this inference at all. Surely Thor is just saying that he (Thor) isn’t related to him (Loki) so doesn’t want to be associated with him – not that adoption makes people evil!

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  11. speters (108 comments) says:

    PS How do you quote someone?

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  12. Dick Prebble (60 comments) says:

    I personally don’t give a crap but what if instead of that he said:

    * She’s a woman.
    * He’s black.
    * He’s Jewish.
    * He’s Chinese.

    Etc?

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  13. Dick Prebble (60 comments) says:

    speters (28) Says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    PS How do you quote someone?

    Type in ( and then the word blockquote and then ) and then at the end of your paragraph type in ( / and then the word blockquote and then ). Instead of parenthesis, use those spikey parenthesis (i.e. the ones above the comma and period on your keyboard).

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  14. anonymouse (715 comments) says:

    I’m still waiting for someone to get their knickers in a twist over Loki calling Black widow a mewling quim…….

    Although the great “puny god” rag doll scene with hulk is still my personal favorte scene.

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  15. MT_Tinman (3,186 comments) says:

    Thor of course, the God who gave us Thursday, is the son of the God who gave us Wednesday.

    Thor is my kind of God, a big, thick, nasty bastard who drunk heaps and fought with a hammer – would wipe his arse with the piss weak, insecure blouse that is yahweh.

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  16. Christopher Thomson (376 comments) says:

    So, without them two we would only have a 3 day working week.

    Thanks for nuthin’.

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  17. SHG (316 comments) says:

    So the adoption reference is actually a reference to Loki being half-giant.

    So it’s a RACIST joke too!

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  18. david (2,557 comments) says:

    The post being about the Herald’s decision to repeat this “story” and where should media draw the line and actually pass judgement on what is really news, fits nicely with the following “stories” being given space and airtime this week.

    An unknown flea lawyer totally unconnected with the case calling for a policeman who shot an offender to be named

    Winston Peters having a geriatric hissy about chinese shop signs

    John Key answering a question on live radio about media attention and giving facts in that answer

    Dr Coleman having his underpants laundered at a hotel in Brussells

    feel free to point to other examples of the crap we are being fed by the MSM

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  19. Nookin (3,341 comments) says:

    I’m tho thick of thith P-thee nonthenthe. It maketh my head tho thor!

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  20. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    >Even if the film was suggesting Loki is bad because he is adopted, Mr Berke should lighten up.

    Of course it wasn’t suggesting any such thing. It was, as someone else says here, just a joke, Thor saying: “He’s nothing to do with me”.

    > I’ve read well pretty much all 700 issues of the Marvel Comic

    Thor, Loki and the Hulk were the only characters in the film I knew. I never did work out who the guy with the arrows was???
    Or much about the Black Widow woman.

    noun 1 berk (slang). – a stupid person who is easy to take advantage of

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  21. Longknives (4,742 comments) says:

    As hot as Scarlett is I think even she may have been overshadowed in this film by Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill….

    (As a comic book guy surely you have an opinion on this David??)

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  22. Bullion (68 comments) says:

    I watched this last night and did laugh when it was said. I did think, still do, at the time that it is not the nicest thing to hear if you were adopted. There is no context in this movie regarding Loki’s past which is explained in the comics and in the Thor movie that preceded the avengers.

    Do agree with Longknives, Cobie Smulders was hot, especially her last scene.

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