Former first lady Michelle Obama is taking heat over a Twitter post she blasted out on Monday, in which she implied that the blockbuster movie “Black Panther” had achieved a racial milestone.
“Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories,” Obama tweeted.
Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 19, 2018
The Washington Times reported:
Fans reminded the former first lady, as they did with Salon, of a well-established history of superhero fare with black stars such as Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Wesley Snipes and others.
“So which is it: did you never watch super hero movies and read comics till [sic] this year or were none of the awesome black super heroes from years before good enough for you?” responded one user.
“[I] guess you’ve never watched #Hancock [with Will Smith] or #Blade before,” added another. “Congrats on making EVERYTHING about race.”
“Seeing someone who looks like them” has become a common phrase uttered by Michelle Obama recently. At the unveiling of their official portraits for the Smithsonian earlier this month, she made a similar statement.
“I’m also thinking about all the…girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place…will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institution,” Obama said at the portrait ceremony.
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