Dear bitter internet trolls who are pissed that Black Panther is already blowing every superhero movie out of the water: boy, bye.
That’s basically what Rotten Tomatoes and Facebook told a short-lived campaign to bring down the upcoming film’s audience score before anyone even saw the damn thing. After critics who attended early screenings of Black Panther raved about it on social media, a Facebook group titled “Down with Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys” cropped up.
It accrued roughly 4,000 angry fanboys — before promptly being shut the hell down.
The group claimed it was motivated by a now familiar and hilariously misinformed conspiracy theory: Touted by DC fans, it alleges that Disney somehow pays off nearly every critic from every major publication to trash DC movies.
But I dunno — I think most of us can agree that Ben Affleck did a fine job of trashing DC’s movies all by himself in Batman v Superman and Justice League.
Of course, good ol’ “SJW” fear-mongering (AKA racism, homophobia, and sexism) was an undercurrent of the whole pathetic event. It’s not hard to see why a pack of toxic white fanboys would feel threatened by the overwhelming, unprecedented success of a film starring a nearly all-black cast.
Rotten Tomatoes immediately came down on the hornets nest of DC fanboys, saying in a statement on Thursday that the company is –
“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.”
Shortly afterward, it looked like the Facebook page was taken down, but the social media platform failed to confirm whether or not it had a hand in that. But a new screenshot posted by Marvel Studio News shows that the group was indeed removed for violating Facebook’s community standards. The group said it was planning further attacks on Infinity War and Marvel’s upcoming Netflix properties.
This audience score Disney beef might’ve started with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But it ended because #WakandaForever. Long live the king.
Black Panther premieres on Feb. 16, presumably to the tune of more widespread praise and the shrill cries of irate DC fanboys.