Huh? There's a Petition to Make Black Panther Less Black

In this photo illustration a woman reads a copy of the Black Panther (T'Challa) a fictional superhero appearing in comic book published by Marvel Comics in New York May 17, 2016.
Captain America and Iron Man may be the stars of Marvel's latest comic-book blockbuster, but Black Panther -- making his big-screen debut -- is most definitely the superhero of the moment. Black Panther, the warrior king of the futuristic fictional African country Wakanda, is starring in a new comic book series that is doing booming sales, and will be the first black hero to get a standalone film, in 2018. The new comic series -- written by acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates, a leading voice on race issues in America -- debuted in April, and so far 330,000 copies of the first issue alone have been sold, according to Marvel.
 / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY THOMAS URBAIN-"Black Panther, Marvel's African hero, in the spotlight"        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Huh? There's a Petition to Make Black Panther Less Black

Here we go again.

Published August 29, 2016

The cast of the upcoming Marvel offering, Black Panther, is overflowing with Black excellence with confirmed features from Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan and more. While many are celebrating the Black leading role, some aren't here for it, and they're going as far as creating a petition to get a "white representation" of the Black superhero.

In the petition, the description reads, "Since there is a growing number of race swapped characters, the fans would also like a white representation of Black Panther, either as a white character or retconning T'Challa as a white man (or woman since his name is unisex). Thanks and let's make America Great Again."

The unapologetically and blatantly racist petition, allegedly — and ironically — created by a Black man, gained 648 supporters in two days, but some of the commenters seem more disgusted by the nerve of the bigoted creator.

"I've never read something so dumb in my life," on commenter wrote.

See who is set to direct the highly anticipated film in the BET Breaks video, above.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)


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