I never thought I’d have to write a piece about right-wingers acting like snowflakes, but thanks to the upcoming Black Panther movie, here I am.
Apparently, some members of the alt-right aren’t too happy about the fact that the movie — which has already outsold all other superhero movies — features a predominantly black cast. These right-wing fanboys are hoping to tank the film with boycotts and a social media campaign.
In case you’re not in the know, King T’challa, also known as The Black Panther, is an African superhero who was created in 1966. His adventures typically take place in the fictional country of Wakanda, which is located in Africa — hence the predominantly black cast. The character made his film debut in Captain America: Civil War and is expected to join the Avengers in subsequent movies.
Alt-Right Fanboys Lash Out At Black Panther
A few days ago, alt-right comic book fans took to Facebook to urge people to spread spoilers about the movie after it is released. They posted their plea on a page called “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys.” Additionally, they suggested that people flood Rotten Tomatoes with negative reviews to decrease the film’s ratings.
Inverse, an online publication reached out to the leader of the group, who identifies as a member of the alt-right. He told them that his group is opposing Disney’s efforts to “shove SJW messages down our throats.” He also states that “minorities … should stay that way.”
Ouch. What did we ever do to him?
This isn’t the first time this group of irate fanboys lashed out at a film. They also targeted Star Wars: The Last Jedi because it featured prominent female characters. Oh, the horror!
The leader of the group told The Huffington Post that the character Poe Dameron is a “victim of the anti-mansplaining movement.” He also expressed concerns that Poe and Luke Skywalker might “turn” gay. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the group had 3,700 participants. Unfortunately for these intrepid alt-righters, Facebook has shut the page down.
Star Wars and Black Panther aren’t the only productions which have received criticism for having too many minority or female characters. In 2016, the Netflix series “Luke Cage,” a show about another black superhero was slammed by angry people on Twitter. Why? Because it also featured a mostly-black cast.
The fact that the series takes place in an area of Harlem that is largely populated by blacks didn’t seem to be enough of an explanation as to why most of the characters would be black; they still accused the creators of the series of being racist. Imagine that. Right-wing race baiting.
Having watched — and enjoyed — the series, I can attest that it is not racist. It’s just a show with a lot of black folks. It’s like watching Batman — but with John Shaft as the hero instead of Bruce Wayne. Who doesn’t like John Shaft?
Is Conservative Snowflakery On The Rise?
So, is this story an indicator that conservatives are beginning to adopt the annoying characteristics of the social justice movement? Are we going to see tons of right-wing whites whining about not being represented enough in the entertainment industry? Are we on the verge of seeing #OscarsSoBlack? Not quite. Let’s put this into perspective.
These types of stories pop up now and then, and people on the left blow it out of proportion. They claim that whites are racists who are disgusted by seeing people of color in prominent roles. However, the reality is that there is no evidence to support this argument.The majority of whites don’t care about the skin color of their favorite characters.
Of course, the left has to make these people seem as if they are more numerous than reality suggests. It’s an opportunity to engage in race-baiting. Who can resist? But, as sad as it is, it’s not just people on the left who are guilty of this behavior.
Let’s Just Calm Down, People
The notion that a movie with a primarily black cast is somehow an example of SJW pandering is absurd. As I indicated earlier, the story takes place in an African country, not Sweden. Moreover, including females and minorities in prominent roles in Star Wars films is not part of some leftist plot to minimize whites.
Now, I’m not saying that Hollywood never inserts leftist messages into their movies. It happens quite often, and we should call it out when it’s necessary.
I’m reminded of a scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming when a group of high schoolers is going on a trip to Washington D.C. For some reason, the creators of the film decided to have one of the characters point out that the Washington Monument was probably built by slaves.
It was understandably irritating. I want to see my friendly neighborhood Spider-Man smack around supervillains while making clever wisecracks, not be reminded of slavery. Otherwise, I’d just watch Roots.
This doesn’t mean that every movie that features a minority cast, or a prominent female lead is somehow trying to ram social justice down your throat. One of the most significant weaknesses of the left is that they see bigotry everywhere. It would also be a mistake for us to see secret Marxist messages everywhere as well. Let’s leave the snowflakery to the left, please.