Truth: “Black Panther” was a solid Marvel superhero movie, but we don’t think anyone should fret over it not winning Best Picture at the Oscars this year (although there was talk of creating a Best Popular Film category so something like “Black Panther” could win that). No, seriously, the New York Times was deeply concerned:
What if a movie like "Black Panther," which many see as a legitimate best picture contender, receives a nomination for the populist Oscar but not for best overall picture?
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 8, 2018
Yes, “Black Panther” really dug into some people’s consciousness, to the point where Rep. Maxine Waters gave a “Wakanda Forever” salute at Aretha Franklin’s funeral. (Wakanda is the fictional African monarchy ruled by the Black Panther). Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted a picture of herself standing in front of the movie poster.
And let’s pause to remember the woman who “carefully” didn’t buy tickets to opening weekend so she wouldn’t be “the white person sucking Black joy out of the theater.”
Now Christmas is coming and it’s time to break out the ugly sweaters, and retailer Forever 21 decided to showcase its “Wakanda Forever” Christmas sweater. Unfortunately, the public didn’t approve of the really white dude modeling it.
— Comicbook.com (@ComicBook) December 18, 2018
We mean, just look at this atrocity:
— Lawyer Bae ??⚖️ (@CBrielle5) December 18, 2018
Forever 21 pulled the tweet after backlash online.
— LaBlaq, the final Fantastic. (@LoveAndShalom) December 18, 2018
We guess the white model was sucking all the Black Joy out of the sweater.
— Wheelchair Jerry (@BostonJerry) December 18, 2018
Where did Forever 21 find this model? Al Bino’s Lilywhite Modeling Agency and Bleach Shop? https://t.co/xcTqflpWAR
— Rob Heiret (@Rheiret) December 18, 2018
— The Root (@TheRoot) December 18, 2018
Hey @Forever21, In What Universe Did You Think It Was Ok To Feature A White Model In Wakanda Gear? Granted, Chances Are You Knew It Wasn't Ok, But Still. As A Former #21Men Brand Specialist For The Company, I'm Highly Offended.
— Mark-Paul (@WhoIsMarkPaul) December 18, 2018
— KimberlyDewayn (@KimDSummons) December 18, 2018
— CorEy-spondent (@CoreyPTownsend) December 18, 2018
More like Whitekanda forever ??
— ThatBih?? (@SassySouthpaw20) December 18, 2018
— Jesuorobo's Thoughts (@Jesuorobo) December 18, 2018
— MikaLuvOwls (@MikaOwls) December 18, 2018
— Andy Downing (@andydowning33) December 18, 2018
— ure_too_close (@ure_too_close) December 18, 2018
“Wakanda Forever is not for you people to promote or profit?” Look, it probably would have been a good idea to use a black model, sure, but 1. Wakanda doesn’t really exist, and 2. it and Black Panther were created by two Jewish-American men who profited by selling comic books.
Forever 21 knows exactly what they're doing with that ghost in the shell man in the african kitty sweater and here ya'll go given them the attention they want
— cultured butter bae (@jilleeann_) December 18, 2018
— Ryumoau (@Ryumoau_Juno) December 18, 2018
Look at it this way, Forever 21: if you’d used a black model, you’d still have social justice warriors boycotting you for selling wool:
@Forever21 Wool comes from sheep who cry out & fight for their lives as they’re exploited and killed. Please show ♥ for animals and stop selling wool.
— Naomi Mathew (@naomimath) December 18, 2018
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 11, 2018