(Opinion) On Monday, the founder of The Planetary Society, Emily Lakdawalla sent out a tweet that caused a great deal of controversy. She stated that she did not buy tickets for the opening night of Black Panther because she “did not want to be the white person sucking Black joy out of the theater.”
After posting her dimwitted tweet, users started responding to Lakdawalla. Some people agreed, while others railed against Lakdawalla’s comments calling her foolish. Lakdawalla later deleted the tweet and sent out another tweet informing her followers that she “…had to exercise the block button a lot…”
It’s been kind of a challenging day where I’ve had to exercise the block button a lot but I’ve also had inspiring conversations with people who are committed to changing the world for the better and who gave me strength and confidence <3
— Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) February 13, 2018
This is beyond ludicrous and is a sure sign that we are becoming more and more divided. No one should feel that they cannot see a movie in fear of being the only white person, black person, or Hispanic person. If you are excited to see a sure-to-be blockbuster hit, buy tickets to see the damn thing. The left-wing narrative that certain individuals should shape and alter their lifestyles based solely upon movies, plays, songs, or any other art form is beyond disgusting.
Aside from having a majority black cast, Black Panther does not focus on race-related issues. Lakdawalla’s mindless tweet that insists she doesn’t want to upset black people coming to the theater to watch Black Panther is disturbing. She wants to segregate the theater so that one race feels relaxed. Sound familiar?
Why does Lakdawalla feel that she can’t join black people to watch Black Panther? Why did she think she would suck the joy out of the film for them? If Lakdawalla truly cares about this film and what it stands for, perhaps she should be advocating for white people to go see it immediately. Perhaps it could open white peoples’ minds as to the affective message of the film and why Lakdawalla may be afraid to go on opening night. This film celebrates black actors and actresses, indeed, but it is not for an all-black audience. Anyone that feels different would be of prejudice.
Among many replies sent to Lakdawalla, a few reminded us all that humanity is slowly dying.
Frank Gallop replied to Lakdawalla saying, “White people shouldn’t be allowed back into a theater. They have had their time in Hollywood.”
Tyler Baines-Cadbury replied in a tweet saying, “White people shouldn’t be allowed to review Black Panther lest their innate racial bias subconsciously reflect in their reviewing. White people simply can’t be impartial. PoC only please.”
When will the radical left understand that their game of identity politics is only dividing us? Why not celebrate this film for what it really is? We should come together to enjoy this movie. It has great actors and actresses, one of which I am very fond of, Danai Gurira. Gurira stars in AMC’s The Walking Dead. She is a great actress. Not because she is black, but because she has great talent. In both Black Panther and The Walking Dead, Gurira faces life-altering challenges. Those challenges are what many people around the world can connect with. That is why she is idolized.
I am tired of seeing minority groups being deemed as different because they are a minority. I am tired of the left’s continuous agenda to “support” minorities only to get re-elected. Minorities must wake up to the false promises the Democrats are promising to them. The only ones oppressing minorities and people of color, in today’s time, are the people from the left who point out minority group differences each and every day.
I see actors, activists, and artists, and all other people for their true abilities. I wish the left would too.
Kyle Morris is a senior at the University of Alabama and a Yellowhammer News contributor. He also writes for The Daily Caller.
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