The wins keep coming for the Black Panther star.
Two years ago, Chadwick Boseman was in a movie called Gods of Egypt. It was not a very good movie. But in addition to its not-goodness, it also became infamous for whitewashing – casting, as ancient African deities, a white guy from Scotland, a white guy from Denmark and at least seven white people from Australia. Boseman, the sole black lead, played Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom and inventor of mathematics. Before the movie came out, an interviewer asked him about the criticism, and Boseman said that not only did he agree with it, it was why he took the part – so audiences would see at least one god of African descent. “But, yeah,” he added dryly. “People don’t make $140 million movies starring black and brown people.”
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What a difference two years makes. Because now we have Black Panther… Except from Rolling-stone interview
Black Panther smashes box office records, grossing an estimated $192 million during its three-day North American debut.
Reactions from social media after Rollingstone unveiled the cover story…
911: what’s your emergency
Me: did you see it?!
911: rolling stone?
Me: yes girl
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— Dani Fernandez (@msdanifernandez) February 19, 2018
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— naomi (@OmiScott) February 19, 2018
History my friend. So unbelievably proud. #wakandaforver
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 19, 2018