Boseman and Jordan in a still from Black Panther Image: Facebook/ Black Panther
Facebook has deactivated an alt right group which was reportedly planning to sabotage the Rotten Tomatoes ratings of the much-anticipated MCU flick Black Panther. The superhero flick is perhaps the most-talked about movie right now, owing to its almost exclusively black cast and is expected to be one of the biggest hits of the year.
The group called "Down with Disney's Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys,” had created an event titled Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on the American review website Rotten Tomatoes. The group claims to have sabotaged the rating of the Star Wars film The Last Jedi. According to a report in The Verge, the group had also said that they would set up additional events to sabotage MCU's next film, Avengers: Infinity War and other Marvel-Disney films.
More than 3,700 people had joined the group to give negative user reviews to Black Panther (which is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) on Rotten Tomatoes. A statement was released by the review website which is steadily becoming a pop culture favourite.
"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,” a statement from Rotten Tomatoes reads.
"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," it further added.
Soon after Rotten Tomatoes released the statement, Facebook deleted the group. "We’re opposed to hate speech and bullying, and don’t allow either on our platform. We want Facebook to be a space where both expression and personal safety are protected and respected. That’s why we developed our Community Standards, which you can read on our site," Facebook said in its statement.
Black Panther is based on the Marvel comic of the same name, created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. It revolves around T'Challa, the king and protector of the African nation of Wakanda, who acquires superhuman abilities through an ancient Wakandian ritual and becomes the Black Panther. It also stars Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B Jordan, Forest Whitaker, and is set to release on February 16.