Oh for Odin’s sake…

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Upsets Hindu Group.

A Hindu group has called on ABC to apologize following an episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that suggested the god Vishnu, like the hero Thor, might be an alien.

In the Nov. 19 episode, which tied into the events of Thor: The Dark World, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and hacker Skye (Chloe Bennett) have an exchange designed to deliver exposition about the Asgardians, who in the Marvel Universe are ancient aliens who were mistaken for gods when they visited Earth thousands of years ago. “Do you think other deities are aliens, too?” Skye asks. “Vishnu for sure, right?”

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, thinks those lines are “inappropriate,” as they “unnecessarily drag a highly revered Hindu deity in a television episode and then create misinformation about the oldest and third largest religion among a large audience.”

In a statement, the organization stressed that Hindus support free speech, “But faith was something sacred and attempts at debasing it hurt the adherents. Television and Hollywood should be more conscious while handling faith related subjects, as television and cinema were very mighty mediums and these could create stereotypes in the minds of some audiences.”

Zed is calling on ABC and Marvel to apologize, and, in an effort to correct the “misinformation/misrepresentation,” “post information about Lord Vishnu and Hinduism on their respective websites.”

That’s a key phrase right there: “…the organization stressed that Hindus support free speech, “But faith was something sacred…”. Sorry, but either you support free speech or you don’t. No “outs” for your belief in the supernatural.

And if “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” should offend anyone, it should be those of us who were hoping for more Nick Fury and less teenage romance.

Sigh.

  1. My belief in the healing power of seeing Thor at least shirtless has been greatly impinged by Agents of.

    Perhaps I should protest and demand that?

    You know what’s funny? Whilst watching the same episode, I kept rolling my eyes at the Evil Pagan Nazi archetype. I mean, true enough but even the Nazis were just pulling a Holy Roman Empire, ‘look, we gots the old gods, too! We call them Saints and celebrate them as Feasts…and we have cake.’

    It’s so easy to stir hate, why not make sure all pagans are known as Nazis? Super! That was a bit more of a hit (witness extreme berserker violence, claims of Demi-Godhood and killing all those who don’t join you, look like you, have similar forebearers) than IMPLYING a blue dude looks weird enough to not have been born human.

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    1. Yes, yes and yes.

      And the references to Norse Pagans didn’t go over my head either.

      I think I may be a Norse worshipper, based on how I responded to various scenes in Thor…

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