Trolls are posting fake claims they’ve been assaulted at showings of Black Panther, it’s being reported.
According to reports, a number of social media users have been sharing images of women they claim have been assaulted ‘at the hands of young black people’ during screenings — which have been proven to be false.
What is going on?
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Based on Jack Kirby’s 1966 comic, the movie is a long overdue celebration of African culture, heritage and heroes featuring Marvel’s first ever predominantly black cast.
Although we’ve had the odd black hero pop up in films in the past such as Luke Cage and Blade, we’ve never had anything quite like Black Panther before as Chadewick Boseman’s character is at the forefront of the film.
For decades there’s been a significant lack of representation in all cinema not just the superhero genre but Black Panther changes this.
However it seems a sad few are using it to make these false and completely inappropriate claims.
In one image, a user shared an actual photo of former White House employee Rob Porter’s ex-wife with a black eye and the caption:
Went to the #BlackPanther premier tonight and my wife was assaulted. Three black women approached us and one said ‘This movie ain’t for you white b****’ and then attacked her.
Security escorted us to the parking lot and we left. We just wanted to see a movie.
Then one person (and I’m sure a fair few others) said what most people were thinking:
There’s a bunch of people on here posting fake assault pictures and saying it was black teens at #BlackPanther showings.
God I hate people.
There's a bunch of people on here posting fake assault pictures and saying it was black teens at #BlackPanther showings. God I hate people.
— BLUƎ PΛLΛDIN (@Wolvez23) February 16, 2018
Moving on from utter morons trying to ruin the film – and life – for everybody… the film has had amazing feedback, with a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, at the time of writing.
Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times was one such critic praising Black Panther‘s imagination in his review writing:
Energised to a thrilling extent by a myriad of Afrocentric influences, Black Panther showcases a vivid inventiveness that underscores the obvious point that we want all cultures and colours represented on screen because that makes for a richness of cinematic experience that everyone enjoys being exposed to.
With dialogue that deftly explores serious questions, such as how much if anything do wealthy countries owe the poor and oppressed of the world, it draws energy from Ryan Coogler’s sense of excitement at all he’s attempting.
The result is a superhero movie that’s worth seeing twice, and that is a rare sighting indeed.
Cannot wait to see this film!