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Disney And Rotten Tomatoes Shut Down Plot To Sabotage ‘Black Panther’

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Disney and Rotten Tomatoes had to team up like real-life superheroes to thwart a plot to sabotage the rating score of Marvel’s newest film, Black Panther. The superhero film features an almost exclusively black cast. As such, it attracted trolls from the alt-right styling themselves as racist vigilantes.

The Real Life Villains On The Alt-Right

One self-identified member of the alt-right created the Facebook group “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys.” The group intended to artificially deflate the Rotten Tomatoes scores of Disney franchise films which they find to be too diverse. He was inspired by a similar campaign against Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The rebooted saga is a popular target for alt-right outrage due to its inclusion of female protagonists and prominent characters of color.

As the hate group grew, so did the backlash.

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The group requested all eligible movie critics to give a low rating to Black Panther. Steadily, the event climbed to over 4,000 participants. Then, Facebook deleted the group.

Rotten Tomatoes Speaks Out Against Hate Speech

In response, Rotten Tomatoes issued the following statement:

“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.”

Then the alt-right group’s plan continued to backfire spectacularly.

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Regardless of the concerted efforts to sabotage it, Black Panther enjoys overwhelming hype. Advanced ticket sales broke records. In regards to presales, it is the top-selling superhero film of all time.

Black Panther Projected To Be Highest-Grossing, Most Praised Super Hero Film Ever

The film is projected to rake in over $150 million dollars throughout its opening weekend. It features an all-star cast including Best Actor Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya, winner of Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Letitia Wright, Angela Basset, and Andy Serkis. Unsurprisingly, the success of the film doesn’t end there.

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With the internet hate group shut down, Black Panther is receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews. Legitimate critics hail it as one of Marvel’s best and speculate on its Oscar potential.

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