On Thursday, we reported that a Facebook page linked to the alt-right was plotting to drive down the Rotten Tomatoes score of Black Panther, the highly anticipated Marvel movie and the first black-centric superhero film in the MCU. Mind you, it's not their first attempt.
The group, who's calling themselves, Down With Disney's Treatment of Franchise and its Fanboys, also took credit for tanking The Last Jedi's Rotten Tomatoes score. In an admirable demonstration of tact, the film’s director, Ryan Coogler, took a page out of the Michelle Obama handbook of going as high as these trolls stooped low.
The Huffington Post reached out to Coogler, to see what the director made of all this. “For me, I’m looking forward to everybody seeing the film,” Coogler told the news outlet, “I’m really looking forward to sharing the film with audiences regardless of what their political views are… that’s kind of where I [stand on that].” That’s some next-level diplomacy. I hope 45 is taking notes.
When asked what he thought of film review site Rotten Tomatoes, Coogler said, “It… can be an oversimplification of what critics are saying about a movie. It’s quicker to look at the consensus than it is to read the articles. But I’m a person who definitely respects film criticism and draws on it in the filmmaking process.” How’s that for Jedi-level grace.
Anyway, it looks like Facebook has (finally) disabled the page calling for Black Panther's Rotten Tomatoes demise.
Black Panther will be out in theaters on February 16.