R.I.P., DudeBro: A White Reporter Said 'Black Panther' Is Hollywood's 'Worst Nightmare,' And Twitter Ate Him Alive

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..L to R: T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018

R.I.P., DudeBro: A White Reporter Said 'Black Panther' Is Hollywood's 'Worst Nightmare,' And Twitter Ate Him Alive

Choose your words carefully when speaking of Wakanda.

Published March 21st

By now, Black Panther has become widely accepted as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. Not only was the film a critical hit, it was also a smashing success at the box office, bringing in well over a billion dollars worldwide. 

Perhaps that's why it was so strange when a white writer named Scott Mendelson published an article on Forbes.com titled "Box Office: 'Black Panther' Has Become Hollywood's Worst Nightmare."

  1. Mendelson attempted to make the argument that Black Panther's extended stay atop the Hollywood box office (it has currently held the top spot since its premier five weeks ago), was bad for the entertainment industry. Instead, it ended up sounding like the box office expert was blaming Black Panther for its own success. 

    "A slate of event movies is facing an environment where they aren’t the event," he wrote. "Black Panther serves as a consensus pick for every demographic. The Ryan Coogler-directed MCU action drama, its obvious value as a conventional wisdom-crushing crowdpleaser (and possible Oscar-contender) notwithstanding, represents the worst nightmare of an entire industry now dedicated to a near-weekly stream of glorified event movies. Black Panther is so big, so good and so “one size fits all” in its appeal that it has turned an entire slate of would-be blockbusters into counterprogramming."

    Unsurprisingly, many fans of the film took to Twitter to drag Mendelson for his close-minded approach to the film's incredible accomplishments.

    Wakanda forever!

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Marvel)

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