On Friday Marvel Studios released the highly-anticipated Ryan Coogler-directed film Black Panther, and in true superhero fashion it has been kicking ass by raking in millions of dollars and grabbing universal acclaim from both moviegoers and critics. People have been showing up in traditional African garb and expressing their love for the film since its release, because of its predominantly all-black cast and its positive representation of black characters. So, of course, if it’s something positive about black people you know “someone” is going to try and fuck it up for us. Cue Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ please.
Recently on Twitter a few attention seekers have been making false claims of assault at the hands of angry black people yelling out shit like “Fuck You Cracker!” because that’s how we greet the colonizers when we see them apparently. One user posted this photo of a blood-filled sink (looks more like wasted cherry Kool-Aid) after an alleged assault from a group of black youths;
Wanted to see #BlackPanther, payed for the ticket but a group of black youth assaulted me saying the movie is not for me because I’m white and I should get lost, I was kicked to the ground by the same gang, I’m heading to the hospital with a broken nose, no movie for me today 🙁 pic.twitter.com/jXCmNGoy8N
— Asta?? (@AndaIusian) February 16, 2018
Another user tweeted this lovely photo of his dangerous time at the theater;
I was so excited to see #BlackPanther and a young black man at the theater shouted “you in the wrong place, cracker!” And proceeded to bloody my face. It hurts so bad I can’t take it! pic.twitter.com/fTwoROQDhV
— cadę #BigD*ckHighIQ (@RobloxZionist) February 16, 2018
If the person in this photo looks familiar that’s because it’s Supernatural actor Jensen Ackles done up in bloody makeup for a scene on the show. So this is, of course, the work of a remedial troll who wants to stir up some unnecessary drama. Because honestly there have been no claims of assault being reported from any of the theaters showing Black Panther because if there were you know ol’ Twitter Fingers Trump would have immediately tweeted We Are Now At War With Wakanda!
Unfortunately, according to Darnell Hunt, Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA, these false claims aren’t entirely shocking. He recently told the L.A. Times “It’s very unfortunate that a film that is poised to become a cultural icon is being marred by this fake news. In the long run, it will not detract from the cultural significance of ‘Black Panther,’ but it does blunt some of the positive force it has as it opens. It is both surprising and not surprising.”
Luckily people are clapping back at the trash trolls trying to steal Black Panther’s joy by warning folks of the fake claims, and to those people I’ve got to throw up my fist and say Thank You!! I saw Black Panther over the weekend, and not only was I impressed with the film itself, I was also very happy that the theater was filled with a diverse mix of people from different age ranges and cultural backgrounds, and everyone was there to do one thing only; enjoy a damn good movie.
And on some real shit, the only violence taking place during any showing of Black Panther is the way this film is killing box office records and making its mark in cinematic history. According to Deadline, as of Monday Black Panther has already made over $200 million domestically, making it the fifth best weekend opening of all-time after 2012’s epic Avengers. And Chadwick Boseman, who plays Black Panther, realizes that this moment is necessary and well overdue. He told Rolling Stone:
“It’s a sea-change moment. I still remember the excitement people had seeing Malcolm X. And this is greater, because it includes other people, too. Everybody comes to see the Marvel movie.” He then went on to say “I truly believe there’s a truth that needs to enter the world at a particular time. And that’s why people are excited about Panther. This is the time.”
And after seeing that cover, I also have to say that it’s time for Chadwick Boseman to play a 70s rock star who is also a vampire. Lenny Kravitz, basically.
Pic: Norman Jean Roy/Rolling Stone