There is a lot of hype leading up to the release of Marvel’s latest film Black Panther.
The superhero, played by Chadwick Boseman, made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016 Captain America: Civil War. And head of its wide release, it has received rave reviews from film critics, so far earning 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as making a cultural milestone as the superhero film was made by Ryan Coogler, a black director, and features a predominately black cast.
However, Salon may have gotten a bit too excited.
“Black Panther” is the first blockbuster-format release featuring a black hero front and center https://t.co/WVMrYmoECd
— Salon (@Salon) February 6, 2018
“Black Panther is the first blockbuster-format release featuring a black hero front and center,” Salon tweeted.
To give the site the benefit of the doubt, perhaps they meant the film would be the first blockbuster release featuring a “black superhero front and center.” But as Twitter made it clear, even that would have been inaccurate.
And boy did Twitter let them have it.
— Douglas Karr (@douglaskarr) February 7, 2018
— 🇸🇪 𝕯𝖆𝖇𝖎𝖙𝖈𝖍 (@dabitch) February 7, 2018
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT
— Molly Priddy (@mollypriddy) February 7, 2018
This tweet basically just erased the entire existence of Will Smith https://t.co/r3UjkNiHJI
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) February 7, 2018
Hey @Salon, Looks like you’ve been Drunk Tweeting again
— Jim Vaglica (@JimVaglica) February 7, 2018
Blade. Independence Day. Shaft. Men in Black. Hancock. Django Unchained. https://t.co/InwIzdFLKO
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 7, 2018
It is also, coincidentally, the first movie Salon has ever seen https://t.co/SMgnTFdPBK
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) February 7, 2018
This is completely untrue but I know that won’t top you.
— Curt Popejoy 🐻 (@CurtPopejoySW) February 7, 2018
do better research. BLADE. Three movies. You could call it the “proof of concept” if you want but it wasn’t. be better at this.
— Game of Thornes (@GeoffThorne) February 7, 2018
If you don’t count all the others, it totally is. https://t.co/NVfrj8QQSJ
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) February 7, 2018
Will Smith, upon reading this tweet, decided that Salon had to be stopped once and for all. https://t.co/Qxr9dsJhW5
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) February 7, 2018
blade, spawn could not be reached for comment https://t.co/wifuPb3zpG
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 7, 2018
Sure, unless you count Beverly Hills Cop 1, 2, and 3, Blade, and nearly all movies made by Will Smith or Denzel Washington. https://t.co/iUiTOt2jPx
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) February 7, 2018
no it isn’t https://t.co/z5XrzUSaP4
— David Sims (@davidlsims) February 7, 2018
Wesley Snipes and Will Smith disagree. https://t.co/YuN3yH2o9K
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 7, 2018
I guess Blade doesn’t exist in this horrible timeline we’re living in. https://t.co/P1hddHSlxB
— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) February 7, 2018
Why you gotta do Blade and Spawn like that? They also had relatively big budgets. https://t.co/gMUFdea28j
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 7, 2018
*Blinks in Blade, Catwoman, Spawn, Steel, Hancock, Blankman & Meteor Man* https://t.co/fWLmGrV5se
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 7, 2018
— DrewMcWeeny (@DrewMcWeeny) February 7, 2018
Salon has since issued a correction.
CORRECTION: A Feb. 7 story, “Here’s what the critics are saying about ‘Black Panther’ — it’s a ‘masterpiece,’” said that Black Panther was “the first blockbuster-format release featuring a black hero front and center.” (1/2)
— Salon (@Salon) February 7, 2018
The intention was to say that Chadwick Boseman was the first to star in a major adaptation adaptation of an iconic comics character in the current superhero-movie format. (2/2)
MORE HERE: https://t.co/lRfTGvojOI
— Salon (@Salon) February 7, 2018
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