Twitter Trolls Post Fake Claims of Racially Motivated Assaults at 'Black Panther' Showings
Some very disturbed Twitter trolls posted fake claims saying they were assaulted Thursday and Friday night by African-American moviegoers just for being Caucasian and trying to see Black Panther.
The photos posted with the fake claims were either from makeup tests or of victims of other assaults.
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Los Angeles police told The Hollywood Reporter there have been zero calls about any disturbances at theaters showing Black Panther.
The fake postings have been called out by other Twitter users to make it clear no such assaults have occurred.
Marvel director James Gunn also spoke out against the fake claims.
"The racists are out and rearing their ugly heads with lots of fake tweets about violence at #BlackPanther screenings. In truth, people from all walks of life have been enjoying the film together this weekend," Gunn tweeted. "Don’t let this BS scare you away."
A spokesperson for Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
— Trapa Fasa (@trapafasa) February 16, 2018
This is a 2013 photo from Serbia about domestic violence. The model has make up on. Here’s another photo with the same model: pic.twitter.com/C37GD8aV3Y
— Gan Sharma (@brooklyn3r) February 16, 2018
The racists are out and rearing their ugly heads with lots of fake tweets about violence at #BlackPanther screenings. In truth, people from all walks of life have been enjoying the film together this weekend. Don’t let this BS scare you away. https://t.co/CSdlcpVuPp
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 17, 2018
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