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:
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