How An Alt-Right Group Planned To Sabotage ‘Black Panther’ Rating

“I’m a person who definitely respects film criticism and draws on it in the filmmaking process,” said director Ryan Coogler.

Marvel’s highly anticipated movie “Black Panther” is winning critical acclaim by those who have watched the premiere for being an outstanding first black superhero story.





The movie is scheduled for release on Feb. 16.

However, an anti-Disney and pro Warner Bros.' DC movie group, called “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and Its Fanboys,” just recently announced it would sabotage the movies rating on Rotten Tomatoes, an American movie review website.

The group is moderated by a person who describes himself as a member of the “alt-right “and is known for damaging ratings of movies that are doing well in the box office. Last year, the group rigged the score for “The Last Jedi,” to 48 percent despite the critics’ score, which was above 90. They did that because of the movie’s “pro-feminist” agenda.

Now, they have created a new event scheduled for Feb. 15 and called it “Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.”

The group wants to harm "Black Panther"’s ratings because the movie apparently includes “corporate manipulations which created falsified bad press” for superhero films, distributed by Warner Bros.

To put it simply, the pro-DC group just wants to sabotage the black-centered superhero movie because it is too much for the white supremacists to accept a movie focusing on the importance of African culture.

However, "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler, doesn’t seem too intimidated about the threat made by the alt-right group to his movie. 

“For me, I’m looking forward to everybody seeing the film,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to sharing the film with audiences regardless of what their political views are … that’s kind of where I [stand on that].”

When The Huffington Post asked him about his general thoughts toward the American movie review website, he said, “It ... can be an oversimplification of what critics are saying about a movie. It’s quicker to look at the consensus than it is to read the articles. But I’m a person who definitely respects film criticism and draws on it in the filmmaking process.”

Meanwhile, Rotten Tomatoes has denounced the alt-right group.

"We at Rotten Tomatoes are proud to have become a platform for passionate fans to debate and discuss entertainment and we take that responsibility seriously. While we respect our fans’ diverse opinions, we do not condone hate speech. Our team of security, network and social experts continue to closely monitor our platforms and any users who engage in such activities will be blocked from our site and their comments removed as quickly as possible," the company said in a statement.

Soon after their statement, the group’s Facebook event page was deactivated. 

Even though reviews to some extent do play an important part in the movies success, "Black Panther" has already outdone every other super hero movie in advance ticket sales. It’s clear that an artificial low scoring shouldn't really have much of an impact on the fans who are eagerly waiting for the movie’s release.



Thumbnail/Banner Image: Reuters, Mario Anzuoni

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