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Facebook And Rotten Tomatoes Ban Alt-Right Groups Who Tanked ‘Black Panther’ Ratings

Marvel’s Black Panther has become the top-grossing superhero film of all time in the United States, an incredible feat not only because it went up against Christopher Nolan’s Batman films (*Italian chef kiss*) but because its success marks a groundbreaking time in society, proving audiences want to see films created by black writers, black directors, and starring majority black casts.

The nature of the film’s racial fabric unfortunately but inevitably marks it as political, and political statements in our nation are often met with equal and opposite opposition. (For those unaware, Black Panther tells the tale of a noble African king fighting to save his country, Wakanda, from a bunch of baddies.)

Hence a bunch of haters giving Black Panther 1-star ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes before the film had even opened in theaters. Here’s the number of people who gave the movie a 1/10 rating on the site:

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Disturbingly (though unsurprisingly), a recent Reddit thread revealed the fact that a specific demographic was wholly responsible for giving Black Panther bad reviews. Namely, 30-something (let’s face it: white) men.

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This isn’t the first time hate groups have review-bombed a film solely due to its inclusionary nature. Late last year, an alt-right group called “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys” proudly announced it had generated trolls to sabotage Rotten Tomatoes ratings of The Last Jedi, protesting what they’d believed to be female and POC inclusion for inclusions’ sake.

This same group recently announced their plans to sabotage Black Panther‘s Rotten Tomatoes ratings. The group’s administrator wrote,

“Given the massive success of the audience review rigging on the Rotten Tomatoes site for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and due to the sudden rise in those disgruntled with Disney business practices among other factors especially due to the corporate manipulations which created falsified bad press for the DCEU [DC Extended Universe.

“I feel that it’s time to strike back at all those under Disney and bring down the house of mouse’s actions for paying off the critics that hurt DC Comics on film and for other parties affected by them.”

Rotten Tomatoes quickly announced they would ban anybody attempting to sabotage Black Panther‘s score, announcing they “do not condone hate speech,” and Facebook banned the group from their site.

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Wired article from a while ago reported the extent to which indie films suffer as a result of IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes users deliberately tanking ratings. Though Black Panther is no indie, its treatment as a black-centric film in this day and age is depressing, to say the least.

Personally, I stopped trusting RT after I realized Terminator 2 had less than a 100% score— but others put stock in these sites and take heed of ratings when purchasing movie tickets. Something to remember next time you check IMDB before hitting your local cinema.