Black Panther has received nothing but positive reviews and the advance ticket sales are already breaking records. The movie, which is expected to bring in an unprecedented amount at the box office when it opens this Friday, is an all-star cast of Black star power (Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o). That said, the success of the film is due to the support from Black community, especially on social media. Should Marvel and Disney give back to the community that is making the film a success?
Change.org user Chaz Gormley created a petition calling on Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company to invest 25 percent of the profits into the Black community. See below:
Gormley wrote in the petition, “Through a clever, well-manufactured marketing campaign Marvel Studios and their parent company The Walt Disney Company have targeted the Black community with their advertisements for the upcoming ‘Black Panther’ film, due to release on February 16, 2018. As marginalized groups have become more vocal, corporations and their savvy public relations departments have turned to catering to these groups – to turn a profit – and this film by Marvel Studios is no different.We cannot continue to recklessly support these conglomerates, allowing them to profit off of us without demanding something more than just their products in return.”
Reactions on social media were mixed. Some were all for it:
Others were not here for it:
In theory, this sounds like a good idea. Unfortunately, Marvel and Disney are not going to give up a dime of their money. They thought it was a good idea to create a white version of Black Panther. Just saying.
New Petition Demands 25 Percent Of ‘Black Panther’ Profits Go To Black Communities was originally published on globalgrind.com