Black Panther Diversity Offends LGBT [VIDEO]

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

While the movie was supposed to be a step toward social justice, Black Panther diversity excludes homosexuals.

People are upset at Black Panther diversty for excluding homosexuals. They can’t figure out why the homosexual relationship in the comic book series got cut from the movie.

Marvel is probably responding to market pressure. They needed the movie to succeed, which meant they needed far more viewers than comic book fans. Offending a large Evangelical audience was a risk they didn’t need to take. Also, if they want the movie to do well internationally, offending people in African nations, who don’t subscribe to LGBT ideology, is also a bad idea.

The Washington Times reports, “‘Black Panther’ packed with action, diversity — but no gays.

Marvel Studios‘ “Black Panther” is being hailed as the most diverse superhero movie in Hollywood history, but it’s not diverse enough for some progressives who want to know: Where are all the gay characters?

The latest comic-book-to-film adaptation checked off a number of identity boxes with its almost exclusively black cast and cohort of strong female characters. But filmmakers ditched a lesbian romance subplot from the original comic books, prompting an outcry from the LGBT community.

Actress Florence Kasumba stoked the flames of outrage when she revealed that scenes of lesbian flirtation filmed during production were left on the cutting-room floor.

“The final result that we’ve seen, there were a few scenes that have been cut,” Ms. Kasumba told Vulture. “Different scenes, also. They didn’t make it into the movie for certain reasons, and at that point, I have to say: What their reason is, I can’t tell you, because nobody told me about whether it’s in or not.”

LGBT advocates had every reason to hope that “Black Panther” would be the first Marvel Studios film to feature an openly gay character.

The comic book series is written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a prominent commentator on race.

Mr. Coates tapped feminist writers Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey to create a spinoff comic series, “World of Wakanda,” that follows around two members of the Dora Milaje, the fictional African nation’s all-female special forces unit.

The main characters in “World of Wakanda,” Ayo and Aneka, are in a lesbian relationship.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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