This time it’s not about race

Posted: March 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

By R.C. Seely

MARVEL HAS SCORED another hit with the release of the film adaptation Black Panther. Just like other Marvel movies, this one has had its share of controversy but this one wasn’t unexpected.

From the onset, it was almost guaranteed the predictable racial rants–on both sides.

Comments on Twitter and Facebook, makes one wonder how many were actually familiar with the character or story; and who though it was a black nationalism propaganda piece.

Critics condemned it because of its lack of diversity, this time with few whites. It was set in Africa! Of course, it would be a mostly black cast! Both sides are turning this into a race issue when it’s simply a movie.

It could be pointed out that there is a discussion about English colonialism in it. That is true, but it’s less about social justice and more about legitimate historical accuracy. It was less subjective, than say the feminism in Wonder Woman, and more reflective of genuine sentiment and history. That’s where the racial discussion should be focused not on the film itself.

To be fair, there was a few social media posts by clueless social justice warriors who didn’t appear to have a clue what the film was really about. I’m hoping that is what brought this on. Either side are really reaching if they genuinely believe the movie to be anything other than a harmless piece of artistic expression.

R.C. Seely is the founder of and ALTV. He has written books on pop culture and has an upcoming new release Confused Yet? Understanding the Utterly Incomprehensible.

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