There once was a Facebook page named “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys.” Let that sink in. Now consider the fact that the group's moderator self-identifies with the "alt-right" and has launched a sad campaign to take down the upcoming superhero film Black Panther.
Look, they even made a Facebook event:
This isn't the first time the group has attempted this kind of "takedown." They took credit for an online effort to smear Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Rotten Tomatoes. The group's moderator explained that he was upset the producers included too many female characters in the Star Wars world and that Poe Dameron and Luke Skywalker were in danger of being “turned gay.”
Neither the group nor its moderator gave a specific reason for the campaign against Black Panther, but it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. What the group doesn't seem to understand is that public reviews on Rotten Tomatoes have zero effect on overall ratings. Critic ratings are completely separate.
Facebook has since removed the page, and Rotten Tomatoes issued the following statement:
We at Rotten Tomatoes are proud to have become a platform for passionate fans to debate and discuss entertainment and we take that responsibility seriously. While we respect our fans’ diverse opinions, we do not condone hate speech. Our team of security, network and social experts continue to closely monitor our platforms and any users who engage in such activities will be blocked from our site and their comments removed as quickly as possible.
Twitter users are straight up not having it:
If they are actually upset about what Marvel and Disney has been doing with the films then why are they starting now? Why with this film specifically? I’ll let you think about what makes this film so different it warrants this kind of treatment from people.— Seppafer (@Seppafer) February 2, 2018
Right. There were all those butthurt guys throwing a fit out the female screening. Obviously that didn't tank it soooo I'm sure this won't either. Black Panther is gonna be epic.— April Chase (@chasea002) February 2, 2018
Okay - I was not planning to catch this opening weekend but now I will see it at least twice. Screw these racists.— Commit to Vote (@CommittoVote) February 2, 2018
I hope this smashes every BO record. Fear not, when it comes to @RottenTomatoes, the user review score is meaningless. No one in the industry looks at it, no one who follows that site looks at it, except for context. The professional critic's aggregate is what counts. Period.— Jesse (@jesseisgolfing) February 1, 2018
Utterly pathetic. It's going to break records regardless.— (((Dawggirl))) (@MelissaRabb1) February 1, 2018