One of the biggest crusades in the blockbuster film industry is to include “diversity”. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with diversity in classics like the Goonies, Ghostbusters, Night of the Living Dead or It’s a Wonderful Life, the modern films and TV shows all must include at least one “minority” character or face the critics calling it racist. Even a putrid show like Girls starring Lena “rapist” Dunham was accused of being racist from the get go for having no “diversity”.
We have all seen the results of forced diversity, such as Ghostbusters (2016), Stars Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) making the industry reconsider including forced diversity. Comic book industry was also hit pretty hard with their hard core diversity, including turning Iron Man into an African woman, turning Spider-man into an African man, turning Ms. Marvel into a Moslem and having a Islamist separatist message hidden in a panel by a diversity hire. The result was predictable, The sales flopped drastically that they need to send free (unwanted) comic books with purchases. Diversity is not profittable, it never has been, no rational business would want to see a profit loss if they can be helped.
Black Panther (2018) is subject to laud and many undeserved recognition simply for featuring an all-African cast. The actual comic book character T’Challa is admirable, who comes from a fictional wealthy African-esque nation Wakanda. T’Challa has a PhD in Physics and superhuman strength based on hard work since he was blamed for her mother’s death. His real supernatural power came from a heart-shaped herb which provided blessing from the God of Bast, thus he acquired some panther-like abilities. He worked hard to help others, protecting his homeland and lifting other Africans up from around the world. Given that he sides with the resistance during Civil War, I have great admiration for this character.
The film could have been interesting but the people who have no understanding of the development of the character are ruining the experience for everyone. Firstly, let’s look at the IMDB rating when the film hasn’t even been released:
It’s highly polarised with many people rating it 10 stars and other people trying to offset it with 1s, the top 1000 voters gave it an average of 5.8 stars with similar adjusted score for US users and Non-US users. Rottentomatoes was reportedly banning anyone with negative review of the film. When one negative review surfaced, the critic was attacked by the “fans” who haven’t even seen the film for being “racist”
Secondly, it really brings out their afrocentrist mindset, comically named “We wuz kangz” as a direct result of lacking cultural achievements, which became a collectivist mindset of having a need to look up to something to call their own, in which case they decided Egyptians had and still have very dark skin tones. This is the condition that decades of collectivism imposed on the African American population has created, they are blind to their greatest heroes such as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Sowell and Walter E. Williams; instead, they look up to wife beaters, drug dealers and prostitutes.
Lastly, seeing the virtue signalling instantly makes you do not want to see this film. We know this film is going to tank if not for celebrities and race baiters seeing this as the second coming of Christ, despite ignoring the first comic book superhero Blade and other representations such Green Lantern, Ororo Munroe and Luke Cage. As an Objectivist, I will review the film and give a proper score because I cannot fake reality. But it does pain me when everything has became unbearably political, simply due to the sheer ignorance of people to the subject they are arguing.