Let’s be real: when white fan boys say they agree with Thanos it’s because they feel safe. They think themselves too important to be a victim. They imagine themselves as an intellectually minded arbiter of balance. When they say that *some* people should be sacrificed for the greater good, they have *very specific* groups in mind.

And that is why although Thanos’ actions are not the academic definition of genocide, they’re a macrocosmic metaphor for it, and I will continue to refer to it as such.

The same thing happened after TDW. I pointed out that in the first movie, Thor’s act of heroism was to figure out that genocide is bad and stop Loki from committing it. Then in TDW, the central heroic act was… genocide. Committed by Thor. And Bor had a statue 60 feet tall commemorating his incomplete genocide of the Dark Elves. But Loki must’ve just been evil to think that genociding a species he had been taught to regard as monstrous, and which was at war with his realm, was a good thing to do. Yes.

Anyway, the pretzels people twisted themselves into to try to deny that Thor murdering every remaining Dark Elf was not genocide were truly stunning. One person said that it’s not genocide if you’re at war with the species you wipe out. (In that case, Loki’s attack on Jotunheim was not genocide.) Another condescendingly explained that Thor, Odin and Bor committed *good* genocide while Loki attempted *bad* genocide.

Loki’s movies give you a harrowing glimpse into the darker reaches of the human soul.

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