This has to be one of the most ridiculous/petty things I’ve encountered. A Facebook group calling itself “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys” posted an “event” inviting people to go to Rotten Tomatoes website from February 15-24 and give Marvel’s Black Panther movie a bad score. To be fair, Rotten Tomatoes isn’t the definitive final say when it comes to movie ratings (no site should be) that should be up to the individual movie-goer and their unique likes and dislikes.
Below is a summary of their “event” from the Facebook post
Fair warning to those who are tempted to go find their Facebook page… DON’T.
I was saddened to read a post by the page’s owner talking about Star Wars: The Last Jedi which spoiled a major plot point (I haven’t seen it yet) and they make no qualms about the fact that they seem to be sexist and prefer male lead characters and a lack of racial diversity. I now understand why you’d have a problem with Black Panther and its primarily (but not entirely) black casting.
I’m not going to say that Disney or Marvel is perfect and always makes a hit movie that makes everyone happy. No studio can really pull that off. It’s like the old saying goes, “you can please some of the people some of the time…” I think (personally) my biggest issue with DC’s latest movie universe, known as the DCEU, is that they rushed to get to a point too quickly that took Marvel Studios 5 films to build up to a point where a massive team up could work. DC tried to rush it after 1 film in their DCEU. While 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” featured the obvious title characters, it also gave us a fairly heavy introduction to Wonder Woman (before she had her own movie) as well as teased Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash. Personally, I feel they’re just rushing things a bit too much to give their fans what they love and, most certainly, deserve.
Black Panther is the 18th film in the MCU and the 6th of 10 in its “Phase Three” installment. It’s definitely waited for its time to shine. From what I’ve heard, the reviews of the early screenings have been overwhelmingly positive. It could well be on its way to the biggest debut weekend of any MCU film to date.
Looks like they’re teasing that they are going to do similar “events” for Solo: A Star Wars Movie and Avengers: Infinity War. So, to those who decide to follow this odd crusade to sabotage Black Panther’s Rotten Tomatoes score, enjoy your fifteen minutes of fame.
UPDATE: Rotten Tomatoes has released an official statement on the matter telling TheWrap:
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.