Black Panther made its triumphant debut in theaters last weekend, breaking records and earning some major box office money. Praise for the movie has been almost universal, but there have been some hiccups. First, there was the troll group on social media that was determined to give Black Panther bad reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and other review sites because the movie is associated with Disney. However, fake reports of racially motivated attacks were a lot more serious and spread like wild fire on social media over the weekend.
Black Panther is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe project to be led by a predominately black cast and in these politically divisive times, a certain portion of the population can't seem to wrap their heads around it. In order to offset the praise that the movie had been getting, Twitter users began posting pictures of bloody Caucasian faces, stating that they had been beat up for attending Black Panther. The pictures all contained stories about how these fake incidents took place, as well as where they took place. Police departments in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Texas have had zero reports of racially charged violence, or any violence for that matter, at any screenings of Black Panther.
A lot of the fake incident posts on Twitter were done by users with alt-right names and profiles, some of which are inappropriate to print here. As a result, Twitter has taken the accounts down and suspended many of them. One post reads.
"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!"
In typical troll fashion, the images were able to be Google reverse searched and turned out to be old pictures found on Imgur from totally unrelated events. In an awesome set of events, clever trolls began to troll the trolls, providing pictures of well-known celebrities in movie roles all beat up.
Pictures of Sylvester Stallone's (who is alive and well, btw) Rocky were posted, with a caption talking about him getting beat up at a Black Panther screening along with Uma Thurman's Mia character from Pulp Fiction shown off with a bloody nose. It's always fun to see something that was started off with hate end in humor from good trolls, fighting the good fight. Though it's unfortunate that these fake news reports were made up in the first place.
Twitter recently deleted thousands of accounts that were proven to be Russian bots by Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 election. It has not been proven if any of these accounts that posted the fake Black Panther violent stories were Russian bots, but it seems highly probable since these bots have also been caught posting about gun control in America from both sides to further divide the country and have even gone as far as to coordinate rallies. Whatever the case may be, there were zero violent incidents at any screenings of Black Panther and the reports are fake news, as the president would say. You can check out some of the humorous comebacks below from the good trolls, courtesy of Trapafasa's Twitter account.
This is my friend Chris. He was beat up by some rowdy moviegoers at a Black Panther showing this weekend. We were told this movie AIN’T FOR MAYO FACE WHITIES. I stood by and did nothing to help my friend. pic.twitter.com/RcFruUQHeg— Slowdell Haggins (@CSteph90) February 18, 2018
This is my friend Rocky. He was challenged to a boxing match after a showing of Black Panther, and he suffered brutal injuries. Please pray for him and his wife, Adrian pic.twitter.com/hB7Xd3rxMA— Gentleman Doritos of Frito Landia (@jesseltaylor) February 18, 2018
This is my friend anakin last night he went to go see black panther and a group of teens said “this movie isn’t for you whitey!” And cut off his arms and legs and pushed him into lava. a rt could save his life :(( pic.twitter.com/rvCHV3kk8P— maj/black panther spoilers! (@EPlSODEVl) February 18, 2018