THEY hate to see us be great, don’t they? Famed director Terry Gilliam says he HATES Black Panther because it gives black children a false sense of hope. Excuse us? More inside…
They hate to see it!
Black Panther literally took over the box office during 2018 after it was released to the masses during Black History Month. Black Panther is Marvel Comic’s first black superhero and the film was the first superhero movie to hit box office that was led by a black man. And let’s not forget the super black cast. T’Challa isn’t just the first black superhero to headline a Marvel film, he’s the first African superhero as well.
Ryan Coogler’s superhero film quickly became a global phenomenon, earning more than $1.3 billion worldwide.
It became the highest-grossing solo superhero film, highest-grossing film by a black director, and it had the highest opening weekend gross for a predominantly black cast!
Black Panther also racked up 7 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture – the first superhero movie to ever do so. It didn’t take home Best Picture at the Academy Awards, however, it did scoop up 3 Oscars for Best Costume Design (Ruth E. Carter – the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design), Best Original Score and Best Production Design (Hannah Beachler – the first African American to be nominated for and to win the Academy Award for Best Production Design).
The super bomb Marvel/Disney film was a total celebration to black culture. It dictated powerful, black people doing/creating groundbreaking things all on the backdrop of the fictional African nation of WAKANDA. No slaves. No rappers. No gangbangers. No strippers. No drugs. None of the nonsense was included and people fell in love with what the movie represented: black empowerment.
Of course, they hate to see black people being shown in a good light. And that rings true with recent statements made by director/actor Terry Gilliam.
“I hated ‘Black Panther.’ It makes me crazy. It gives young black kids the idea that this is something to believe in. Bullsh*t. It’s utter bullsh*t,” he told Indie Wire in a recent interview.
So, white kids can have umpteen superheros to look up to, but black kids can’t? The unmitigated gall of this man to try and discredit a film that inspires black kids to be great is just…beyond us.
“I think the people who made it have never been to Africa,” he said. “They went and got some stylist for some African pattern fabrics and things. But I just I hated that movie, partly because the media were going on about the importance of bullshit.”
Sir. Check your facts before you speak on what production did to respectfully bring Wakanda into fruition. Director Ryan Coogler has said several times in previous interviews that he traveled to Africa for the film. In fact, he said he knew he wouldn’t be ready to direct the film UNTIL he visited Africa. And that’s exactly what he did.
Oh, and there’s more:
When asked if he felt that critical praise for “Black Panther” was a politically correct response that ignored aesthetics in favor of identity politics, Gilliam said, “It makes my blood boil.” The conversation pivoted to controversial remarks he made back in 2018 amid the Harvey Weinstein fallout and the wave of voices that responded to form the #MeToo movement.
“We’re in the era of the victim. We are all victims. It’s all somebody else, abusing us, taking advantage of us. We are powerless, except except that we go out and do other things,” he said.
It’s quite obvious Terry Gilliam hasn’t even began to scrap the surface to uncover what Black Panther means to so many people – black and white. Not only that, Black Panther helped create STEM opportunities for those same said black kids he’s referring to.
Disney donated $1 million to create STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America – imitating the last scene of the film. It’s the perfect gift as it correlates with the technology theme in the film and how it empowered a group of people. Wakanda was the most technologically advanced country ran by a fictional metal called vibranium. Black Panther’s sister Shuri, a 16-year-old female, was the one who invented and controlled much of the technology her brother used to fight evil. Now, young students enrolled in STEM programs will be able to do the same.
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