The producers of the film Black Panther finally got fed up with leftists screaming about “cultural appropriation” and just before Halloween told white kids that they should not be afraid to wear the kiddie costumes based on their African-centric smash hit Marvel super hero film.
Many left-wingers began telling white people that they were “not allowed” to dress as the black characters from Black Panther because, well, white people are not allowed to emulate, revere, or want to be like black heroes… or… something.
Social Justice Warriors were virtue signaling all over the Internet in the last few weeks proclaiming the Black Panther movie characters were off limits to whites.
But the producers of the film finally set the record straight and told little white kids that it was OK for them to want to be the film’s star T’Challa or Princess Shuri for Halloween.
As Daily Caller reported:
“The idea that only black kids would wear Black Panther costumes is insane to me,” said Reg Hudlin, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who has worked on “Black Panther” projects from movies to TV to comics. “Why would anyone say that?”
Hudlin went on to praise children who see T’Challa and idolize him.
“I love that all kids want to be Black Panther or Shuri or the Dora Milaje,” Hudlin said. “These are the small steps that make the world a better place.”
Hudlin further noted that he always “loved” the diversity of the “Black Panther” fandom.
“Every type of person showed up for a book signing: black, white, Asian, Latino — men and women, young and old,” he said. “It feels good to write something culturally specific that plugs into a universally relatable experience.”
The movie’s Oscar-nominated costume designer, Ruth E. Carter, also said that the idea that white kids were somehow not allowed to dress like the movie’s characters is simply wrong on every level.
“I see kids far and wide embracing the concept of a superhero. I believe they see him as someone who is majestic and powerful and doing good, and [who] has a kingdom and a legacy and is pretty cool. I don’t think they see a black guy — I think they see the image of a superhero,” she said.
Indeed, one of the artists on the comic book series, Shawn Martinbrough, thought it was crazy not to let white kids play Black Panther. After all, wouldn’t it help kids “see beauty in other cultures”?
Some may say, “well, duh” to that.
But, let’s also remember one last thing, here. IT’S A FAKE STORY ABOUT FAKE AFRICAN NATIONS!
There is no such land as Wakanda. There are no such people as the five tribes. It was all made up for a comic book and then for a movie. It is not a real culture we are talking about. So, since it is fantasy in the first place, how could it be “cultural appropriation”?
Again, people should be saying “duh,” right about here!
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