Black Panther is Barack Obama

One of the reasons I don’t do more pop culture stuff — aside from the big one, which is that I just don’t watch much of it — is that what I have to say seems obvious, and what’s the point of that?  If that’s the case, let me know — Rotten Chestnuts has 9 readers; we can’t afford to chase any of them off by insulting their intelligence.  If not, though, here’s another post on a movie I haven’t seen and don’t intend to.

Movies take a long time to make.  Hollywood has lots of experience, and there’s no creativity anymore, but still — even the most by-the-numbers superhero flick is in the pipeline for a few years.  According to Wikipedia, for instance, the Black Panther movie has been in the chute since 1992, when it was a Wesley Snipes vanity project.  The version that actually hit the big screen was announced in 2005, the script was commissioned at the start of 2011, and the two guys who wrote the filming script came on board in 2015.

I don’t think I need to remind the Nine Regular Readers what was going on in America back then, but for the peanut gallery: By 2011, the oceans had stopped rising and the planet had healed.  The Lightworker, President Sort-of-God, had a term under His belt and was getting ready to cruise to reelection, in fulfillment of the scriptures.  By 2015, Utopia had been built; it was only a matter of handing the keys of heaven over to The Anointed One’s chosen successor:

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Here’s Wiki again, describing Black Panther’s plot:

Centuries ago, five African tribes war over a meteorite of the alien metal vibranium. A warrior ingests a “heart-shaped herb” affected by the metal and gains superhuman abilities. He becomes the first “Black Panther” and unites the tribes to form the nation of Wakanda, though the Jabari Tribe choose not to follow. The Wakandans use the vibranium to develop highly-advanced technology and isolate themselves from the rest of the world by posing as a Third World country.

In 1992, while on an undercover assignment in Oakland, California, Prince N’Jobu became convinced that Wakanda’s isolationist policies had done more harm than good, and vowed to share its technology with people of African descent around the world in order to help them conquer their oppressors.

In other words, Black Panther is a victory lap.  Had History unfolded the way the scriptures foretold, the oppressed peoples of the earth would right now be throwing off the shackles of their oppressor, aided by the advanced technology they’ve always had.  After all, we wuz kingz!  By the time it was revealed that Her time had not yet come, it was too late to change the script (it was set to shoot in early 2017).

So no, Black Panther is not globalist diversoid agitprop (or, at least, not any more so than any other Hollywood production).  The version where he defeats the evil rayciss billionaire head of state is being written now; the sequel probably starts shooting in 2019.

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4 thoughts on “Black Panther is Barack Obama

  1. P_Ang, the racist bastage

    I still don’t understand the theory of “Super magic space metal not only makes Wakanda the richest nation on earth, it also makes them super magically smarter than everyone else so they can make magic-space-stone weapons and armor because magic science.”
    I also don’t get the video of the excited black kids saying “Is this how white people feel everyday? Is this how white people feel every superhero movie?” Well no. Maybe some of the more racist ones felt that way during D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation.” But then, the point is never to point out the fallacies. The point is to celebrate alongside of our liberal betters a movie that reinforces fallacies as the truth.
    To quote Thomas Sowell: “More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the 13 colonies from which it was formed. White slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire, decades after blacks were freed in the United States.”
    So the TL:DR point for you libs out there, a black man with a PhD is stating the fact there were more white slaves and for longer in Africa than ever existed in the US. “White” superhero movies celebrate the fantasy that a good guy (or gal) defeats evil. “Black Panther” celebrates the fantasy that a good guy defeats a murderous conspiracy theorist, then claims that the conspiracy theorists fantasy of black oppression is factual truth.
    I only recently found out that Lincoln had not just one but two ideas for repatriation that he discussed with Frederick Douglas. Most people are aware of his idea to move all blacks to Liberia after the civil war. He felt (perhaps even rightfully so), that blacks and whites would never be able to get along together. FD of course said it was a terrible idea, freed slaves were uneducated and Liberia was a “$hithole country” where they couldn’t make a living. What no one ever mentions is that Lincoln then asked “What about Panama?” Panama at that time had the richest seams of coal in the world. A magic mineral that scientists at the time were using to developed advanced technology and would have made repopulated blacks the richest people in the world. Of course FD said no. Uneducated blacks would just be “slaves” digging coal for the white race.
    Where is the movie that “everyone MUST SEE” on that brilliant decision? That is the REAL “Black Panther.”

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  2. Anonymous White Male

    Isn’t interesting how mulattoes (or Whiter) are the primary representatives of the “black” people? Douglass was among the first of the magic “negroes” that White “progressives” like to trot out to show “They’re not all like that!” And yet, invariably their “representative negroes” aren’t even negroes. He was a token that could speak in complete sentences without using “bix nood mufuggah, muh dik, gnome sayin”, not grab his crotch, and his abolitionist pimps could dress him up like a White person. Notice that Douglass didn’t want to be anywhere the White gravy train an’ da Whitz wimmen weren’t.

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  3. Deplorable Black Man

    The reaction to the film – and particularly its success at the box office, is telling. Now, one would think that a film with a black superhero that is embraced by white and black alike would, at least in someone’s mind, be used to point out the essential goodness of America. But that’s so naive – it’s Ta-Nehisi’s world and we’re just lucky to be living in it – it’s all about the endless struggle (against whatever -ism you want to name). It’s ridiculous, but there used to be a time when liberals would point to these types of things and try to feel good about it. Now, it’s just one more opportunity to sulk, and repeat the endless airing of grievances (funny, how it’s always festivus in liberal land).

    For what it’s worth, I saw it and enjoyed it! It’s silly, but harmless fun. But to hear the hosannas coming from our public intellectuals you’d think it was a watershed event. That’s why your analysis is so spot on – how does a typical Hollywood CGI spectacle become “The Greatest Movie Ever Made”? Answer: because it’s really about Black Jesus Obama!

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    1. Severian

      Agreed. That’s part of what I was trying to get at here — the story succeeds or fails as a story, not because of the cast’s race.

      When I was in college ages ago, there was a fad for casting black actors in “traditional” roles. So you got Black Hamlet, Black Macbeth, etc. It was a simpler time, so the reactions were mostly “meh.” I saw a Black Hamlet my school’s Theater Department put on. It was “meh.” The main actor sure didn’t look Danish, but after about 20 minutes we realized it was an otherwise standard staging — he wasn’t going to start rapping in the third act or something — so we were free to appreciate it as a play. Black Hamlet, the actor, was nothing special, but he wasn’t terrible, and so it was still enjoyable, because Hamlet is a great play.

      That’s impossible nowadays, alas. I wouldn’t see Hamilton if you paid me, and yes, it’s because all the actors are black. I don’t have a problem casting a black guy as Alexander Hamilton — see above — but I know I’ll be required to praise it as the most heartbreaking work of staggering genius ever staged or get called a racist, and that is something which Homey does not play.

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