Breitbart 'Black Panther' Review Sparks Outrage for Trump Comparison

One movie critic called the allegorical take — comparing the hero to Donald Trump and the villain to the Black Lives Matter movement — "truly staggering."
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Social media users are not taking kindly to Breitbart's take on Black Panther, which argues that the film's hero is a stand-in for President Donald Trump and that its "villain" is the Black Lives Matter social movement.

On Friday screenshots of the headline of Breitbart's Black Panther review — "'Black Panther' Review: The Movie's Hero Is Trump, The Villain is Black Lives Matter" — began circulating on Twitter from incredulous users. "Breitbart one-upping Ben Shapiro at the 11th hour with the trolliest 'Black Panther' take," Daily Beast senior entertainment editor Marlow Stern wrote

Another Twitter user suggested an alternate headline for the story: "'Black Panther' Review: We Know You, Breitbart Reader, Are Not Actually Gonna See It, so Here's Some Bullshit You Can Use to Troll People Who Did."

Indiewire film critic David Ehrlich critiqued the actual text of the review, screenshotting one portion, which reads, "Also like President Donald Trump, T'Challa's beliefs are not based on race." "My favorite line from Breitbart’s truly staggering review of BLACK PANTHER," he wrote.

The Ryan Coogler-directed film had made $25.2 million in Thursday previews and is projected to make a staggering $172 million-$198 million in its extended-weekend debut. The Marvel film has a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the Breitbart review won't be pulling down that score anytime soon: The author had a primarily positive take, noting that "Black Panther is filled smart politics [sic], imagination, and movie star charisma."

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