Twitter Users Freak Over Negative ‘Black Panther’ Review, Praise Film’s Identity Politics
White social justice warriors were not happy when a single negative Black Panther review emerged this week, taking to Twitter to vent their rage.
After Irish Independent film critic Ed Power broke the movie’s “perfect score” on Rotten Tomatoes, criticizing Black Panther’s lack of action, white social justice warriors came out to attack the reviewer with searing rebukes on social media.
The guy who gave #BlackPanther 3/5 and destroyed its 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes waffles through his review, ending stating that there’s ‘not enough beating up bad guys’.
This review lacks any sort of substance and the writer doesn’t actually make any worthwhile points…
— Nick Barnes (@imnickbarnes) February 8, 2018
— Carrie Wittmer (@carriesnotscary) February 8, 2018
— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) February 8, 2018
Entertainer Jack Howard praised the movie for its politics, which he called “bold and timely.” The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw gave the movie 4 out of 5 stars, branding it a “thrilling vision of the afrofuture,” and praised the fact that “African stereotypes are upended and history is rewritten.”
Other white Twitter users also fawned over Black Panther, which has yet to be released to the general public.
The characters, story & themes are complex and fully realised but are handled with such affection and control that you don’t notice how much is happening. The world feels alive, the action is facilitating story, it’s politics are bold and timely.
Yeah. It’s great. pic.twitter.com/uF2sQd33cM
— Jack Howard (@JackHoward) February 9, 2018
Good morning all! I am rising and shining and my spirit brightens with each and every positive review of Black Panther I read!
— Thomas Sanders (@ThomasSanders) January 30, 2018
— Scott A. Rosenberg (@RosenbergScottA) February 8, 2018
not so bold prediction: the first critic to write a “rotten” review of BLACK PANTHER will be White.
even less bold prediction: *Armond* White.
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) January 30, 2018
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) February 6, 2018
Finally writing my BLACK PANTHER review… Michael B. Jordan is so damn good as Jeffrey Katzenberg!
— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) February 5, 2018
The glowing reviews prompted mockery from other users, who joked about white people praising the film solely for its black cast and Africa-focused plot.
white critics talking about black panther pic.twitter.com/RtgZJ4rg3K
— 15:17 to paris fan account (@lukeonfilm) January 30, 2018
Black Panther, which stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis, opens in theaters February 16.