Cast of Black Panther at European Premiere

A petition on Change.org is taking major Hollywood studios to task for deliberately targeting marginalized minority groups.

The petition, created by Chaz Gormley, urged Disney-owned Marvel Studios to invest at least 25% back into the black community.

Gormley accused Disney and Marvel Studio of targeting black people with a “well manufactured marketing campaign” for the Black Panther movie that instills false African pride in black people.

“Through a clever, well manufactured marketing campaign Marvel Studios and their parent company The Walt Disney Company have targeted the black community with their advertisements for the upcoming Black Panther film, due to release on February 16, 2018,” wrote Gormley. “As marginalized groups have become more vocal, corporations and their savvy public relations departments have turned to catering to these groups — to turn a profit — and this film by Marvel Studios is no different.”

“While many would see the release of a major studio film with a majority black cast, black director and art direction helmed by black artists as a win — what exactly will the black community gain, aside from another symbolic victory?” Gormley asked.

“They’ve blatantly targeted the black community, because they want the one thing the black community has to offer in abundance — black dollars.”

“By signing this petition you’re taking a stand, and informing Marvel Studios & their parent The Walt Disney Company that in February your money is not guaranteed,” Gormley said.

“You have the ability to not only be entertained, but to leave the theater in February knowing that a portion of your money will be coming back into your community,” he added.

Though no one has signed the petition, the public’s response to the petition has been mixed, with many black people saying they are going to see the movie because they are comic book fans.

Photo by JRP/WENN.com


  • Phillybruh

    Damn why can’t we just like comic book movies like everybody else and we deserve too see ourselves on screen. Just like I expect too see more women superhero’s after wonder women.

  • iWasteTime

    Why didn’t Mr. Gromely have the same concerns and request for the comic book which started in 1966. He was good with it for 50 years but NOW it’s a problem. What did the black community win in 1966?
    Why do people speak for all of us.
    Most of us are just glad to see representation.

  • NY_Chick

    Hey my loves please stand with me yada, yada, yada,….. Yeah we know, can I just go see the movie and enjoy it.

  • SpillyNillie

    I really don’t get this. Either you gone pay to see the movie or you not. END OF STORY!

  • Julia Lyons

    Was 25% of the profits for Blade invested back into the community? Let us CONTINUE to be great when this movie comes out! Shit!

  • You Could Never

    Sooooo…did you write the same letter for Princess and the Frog?

    Wont that a black ass Disney movie marketed to black ass folks?

  • Julia Lyons

    BINGO!

  • RespectSelf

    ok, ok, ok, I get it… I do, but I can’t !. I been doing marvel movies heavy for a while now. Idk how many times I watched Blade.

    I’ve already got my tickets lol And I’m even more excited for Avengers infinity wars.

    I’m not new to this… I’m true to it.. sorry

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker
  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    First they was ignoring us and now they targeting us….. what we gonna complain they doing next?…. kidnapping us? shitt.

    BlackPanther early release viewing 2/15 6pm… I’ll be there!

  • hottlanta

    Did they ask the airlines to let us fly for free when the movie Soul Plane came out. Hell I had to stand in line in security like everyone else.

  • iWasteTime

    Then they going to wonder why we don’t have any blockbuster movie opportunities

  • hottlanta

    You my mofo dog.

  • L.T.L. Since 2007
  • hottlanta

    Wow no petition when they made 12 Years a Slave.

  • shun king

    nothing but a bunch of blacks acting like the white man want them to act in his fantasy ,this movie is of no interest to me

  • Rayne

    I’m not even finna go there this evening. ?

  • L.T.L. Since 2007
  • Rayne

    I didn’t even wanna say nothing but on the left …who is that? “She” is really strong. I blew up the pic looked at the arms breast plate hands and legs. ???? ion know dog. Tan dress.

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    Ok so there are complaints when there is no black representation in movies. Complaints that they only cast blacks as slaves and coons. Complaints when they ignore the black dollar.

    Now that this movie covers all of that, complaints that they aren’t donating money? Maybe I’m a little obtuse, but remind me of what other movies have we held to this same standard?

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  • Enoughsaid2020

    Magic Johnson’s theatres will benefit, and he always gives to the black community. This movie is providing jobs to young black kids. Works for me, and we have to do for ourselves, like other other cultures.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Niggas gonna be really mad if they go back to black face and have white folks playing us again…. Tom Cruise playing Niggas in Paris. boo and bye.

  • tintin

    hahahahhahaha

  • L.T.L. Since 2007
  • Sally Wright McLinn

    This. Will. Go. Nowhere.

    OT: Regarding Richard Pryor, does anyone know what happened with his estate? I remember his kids were suing the widow, but did they settle the estate?

  • klwbaby

    What black community should this movie donate to?

  • African

    You know this. The accents killed me after seeing the trailer.
    At least, get a real African to teach you to talk like them. Lupita spoke like a robot. And what in the world is Wakanda? Crap.

  • CrunchyBlack1

    OMG!!!! Would yall just let this fuccin movie be great, sheesh. Black folk can’t have nothing positive, without the world going into panic mode!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Some of “our people” will just find fault with anything and everything. They always have to find something to complain about.

  • hottlanta

    Yeah we all gonna go to Goodwill and get a discount on our slave outfits.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Magic Johnson is no longer actively involved in the management operations or public relations of the theaters anymore. They are solely controlled by AMC now.

  • Ni Ni

    Ugh, im sick of folks complaining all the time. Everything is a darn injustice.

  • CrunchyBlack1

    they’re just a sect from massa’s coon unit, disguised as social justice warriors. pay them dust and enjoy they movie.

  • Evillene

    Crazy. He’s way off-base. We’re lucky to even get a black cast, big-budget movie. Studios NEVER acknowledge black dollars. Black Panther’s success will be attributed to Marvel/Disney’s “ingenuous” marketing plan that got non-blacks to the theater for a “black” movie.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    The problem is the word “ya’ll”. Why are blacks always put in a box when just 1 person says something or wants to do something? He does not speak for all of us.
    There are 800 signatures on his petition.
    Good night Roses. Enjoy your weekend.

  • JV

    If Black Panther is just a cynical cash grab, why is it so critically acclaimed?

  • AG

    The character was created 40 years ago.

  • william wallace

    I’ll like to add my two cents to this discussion. I strongly and fully support this petition. Some black folks just don’t get it, but that’s cool everyone isn’t supposed to. White folks already how great we are, so as far as the movie being great that’s a no brainer. Just look as those beautiful black gods and goddesses on the poster. My dear black people just read some of what our black scholars have been telling us this for years, start with Brainwash by Tom Burrell. Lastly black people stop acting like everything is all gravy, remember they killed the real Black Panthers. Bobby Hutton, Fred Hampton, Mark Clark just to name a few just a little over 40 years ago.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Black folks like being used and love being entertained.

    This brother heart is in the right place but he is fighting a lost cause.

  • hottlanta

    Speaking of black folks. My girl Symone was not having it talking about Ormarosa for black history month.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1RR8-MyB3k

  • Jackie Byrd

    Sigh

  • hottlanta

    Always complaining but never writing a check. What is in his wallet and how much has he given back to the black community. I saw the funniest thing coming home one day. Brother had on a Black Women March T-Shirt, 12 pack of beer and a white woman.

  • Ryan

    WE are not boycotting this movie. PERIOD.

  • Ryan

    LOL Well she was right!!

  • IamAllnatural

    This is fake news. Since when does a percentage of movie sales goes back into a community.

  • KarmaBackAround

    They mad cause the movie projected numbers are so good already..hollywood doesn’t like black dominance

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Black people still work there, and he invested in a lot too help minorities, or the underserved.

  • Malcom Flex

    I don’t go to see movies period & ones where lots of bp go to, mess always drops, once they was blazing crack I said FT. I’ll watch that in the safety of my home.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Yes he did. When he owned it.

  • ?Royalty?

    ???? Well….I don’t think the movie theaters are making money like they used to anymore. Its too expensive. He probably saw the decline and bailed.

    Honestly, I don’t even go to the movies anymore unless it’s a comic book movie. ?????

  • ?Royalty?

    We have Blade on DVD. Sorry not sorry. ??

  • ?Royalty?

    Not neva.

    This wasn’t a concern when we were watching Coming To America or when we got psyched about a part 2, or Blade, or Hitchcock.

    Some black people are just foreva doing the most for no reason.

  • KcoolMuziq

    That’s true in the black communities. But blacks will stilll come out and support a good black movie like the Tyler Perry franchises. Luckily I get in free at the SAG screenings. But I did preorder my ticket for ‘Black Panther’ next week.

  • Allihave2say

    The “Panther’s” body language is very stiff. He seems uncomfortable with the closeness of a woman, people, Lupita or he’s gay. Whatever it is he looks frozen and scared.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    If you read up about MJ, you will find that he has done a lot for the black community, and invested in, business to help the community as well.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Yes, I’m very much aware of a
    lot of things Magic has done for the black community. I was just referring to him not being associated with The Magic Theaters anymore.

    I wasn’t downplaying him being a philanthropist.

  • V Dubb

    Oh pahlease!!!!

  • jazzysmith12

    lol,no u didn’t not in Atlanta live here you hardly ever see an interracial couple blk and white.stop with you lies.

  • jazzysmith12

    kidnapping us? they already did that!!!!

  • hottlanta

    We see it so much it has played out and now they mad because we ignore them. They were at the downtown train station. I thought he was auditioning for a comedy act when I saw that. Folks were taking his picture and he was getting hot.

  • jazzysmith12

    Leave the dam movie along.The Most High and the Ancestors aint gonna help your butt when most of you still love whiiiiiiiiiite Jesus.Whorship their gods.when you say Jesus is blk,all you see is an image of that white boy with the pretty hair in your mind so stop fooling yourselves.Seek the truth

  • jazzysmith12

    but most blk men are with blk women in Atlanta. we love our beautiful blk queens.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Disney happy AF that black folks eating this false black pride marketing bs. They could care less. It’s black folks that are full of themselves. At the end of the day all money is green.

  • hottlanta

    You don’t have to convince me I see it everyday. All the nods I get from yall when I leave the house confirms it.

  • gail jones

    Say it again Sam

  • gail jones

    My daughter is afraid to go as well. As a 13 year old, you know damned well the mall and the movies are the place to be. Fü?king shame.

  • gail jones

    And the main one with this petition sh?t probably don’t give his community sh?t but a bunch of mouf and ‘knowledge’.

  • gail jones

    And the main injustices being perpetrated are toward ourselves. Hopefully we’ll get it one day.

  • gail jones

    I just typed a similar statement a minute ago before I seen yours. I swear, great minds think alike.

  • gail jones

    Did you hear what his daughter Rain said? She basically stated that, those black muhfuggahs that believe my dad and Brando were screwing are the reason Trump in the white house.

  • Omega

    Black people always finding something to complain about

  • Carolina Bandit

    Shut your white man loving ass up.

  • Cannelle

    lol.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Lol, white ppl hv a right to their culture lol!!!!!! Black ppl do not deserve to be “represented/included” in all the shxt WHT ppl do!! Look at how niggas act when why niggas/ppl try to go out their way to be “inclusive & diverse” lol, foh, look at what rap did to the Grammys. (It turned into a shitshow with niggas raping, murdering, stealing/extorting, and painting white hoes in blackface just to get a seat or nomination )

  • Goodii2Shoes

    If they complained about fair housing , access to quality schools & quality education for their children, & reparations for chattel slavery or guaranteed secure jobs/income they could be taken more serious instead of placated with black-superhero fiction films and front row seats for Grammy awards

  • Nina Ross

    It always goes right back to the white and jewish communities because they make the movies.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Africans sold and traded each other to Europeans first. Africans also enslaved other Africans. Now that doesn’t make right what Europeans did to Africans as slave masters. Or right how they eventually took over Africa and America. And I know black people as we are today wouldn’t exist if there wasn’t slavery. I can’t change the past but I can control how I respond to the future. That was my point.

  • Disqus_year4016

    How u know Africans sold Africans? The dead can’t talk. Our ancestors can’t defend themselves. The first roots movie the whites were kidnapping Africans the latest roots movie have Africans kidnapping Africans to sell to whites. Either way they still kidnapped us.

  • Disqus_year4016

    Lol they did kidnap us lol.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    ?Alright you have a good weekend. I’m not going to argue history today. Africans not going hard for us so I’m not about to defend their history further.

  • fRAktal Reality

    Did Disney’s production of The Prince of Egypt, The Emperor’s New Groove, Pocahontas, Aladdin, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog, Frozen and many other films instill false pride in its targeted audiences or was pride pre-existent/i> within targeted ethnic and/or racial groups?

  • TheOwley

    Have black actors, don’t have black actors. I’m looking in the psych books for a name for this.

  • Dowoop

    The dead cant talk now but they did once.

  • indano

    Won’t be satisfied until life Comes Full Circle and returns to its beginnings. Playing characters like Stepin Fetchit, a befuddled, mumbling, shiftless fool.

  • Stationarity

    Right-

  • J2PC

    Exactly! Black folks finally get what they’ve been whining about and still are not satisfied. Whine about we don’t have any Black SuperHeroes. Then, you have those who will still find a way to flip it into something negative. lol

    Disney can simply take part of the proceeds and invest it into scholarships for Blacks college in good standing. -that’s how you reinvest in a people or individuals to teach them how how to help themselves.

    A building here or there will just soon financially fold under & become another fading memory. -best to offer scholarships. ;)

  • J2PC

    Some Black people not all.

  • J2PC

    Nailed it!!

  • J2PC

    …or he has a girlfriend & feels uncomfortable about conveying a lie before the camera just to sell a movie.

  • RentEmSpoons

    FACTS!!

  • jazzysmith12

    exactly

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    Sadly people get too exicted over Black characters that was created by White men… Im treating this film exactly the same as the others. im watching it free online when it leaks.. I didnt buy the black pride marketing after they hired Kendrick Lamar.

  • Waya Hedia

    For fux sake.. it is a damned MOVIE. They don’t make movies to invest in ANY community. They’re made to make profits for Disney. Get off your ass, stop begging and create your own wealth.

  • Waya Hedia

    what the fuck?

  • MythCalledLove

    I already stated how I feel. But this dumb $h!t. If you are putting this movie in the spotlight then you better write a long list of movies to that list. We always expect something. And why Africa? The movie has African theme/vibe it’s not a real country. Did you ask for money to save the Panthers? Oh so the panther doesn’t matter? We need things right here in the U.S. I would love a audit of this organization. Not the false published data. When you don’t see blacks on the big screen then remember all these asses. I bet this man has no idea the whole Marvel world. This was not a stand alone movie. And if your pissed about this movie then how the hell did you miss Captain America Civil War?? Here we hv a superhero that is the richest and the smartest among all superhero. Even the Justice League Batman. When you wonder why there are no black dolls or black cartoons.. Here is the answer. I don’t know so please forgive me but what have the African countries said? Do they share the same position? Last thing Coming To America I mean they even had the black bride bark like a dog and hop on one foot. Roots, Underground..
    I respect black pride however before you feed Africa feed the blacks here too since you want to so righteous. Forgive any grammatical errors.

  • MythCalledLove

    I already stated how I feel. But this dumb $h!t. If you are putting this movie in the spotlight then you better write a long list of movies to that list. We always expect something. And why Africa? The movie has African theme/vibe it’s not a real country. Did you ask for money to save the Panthers? Oh so the panther doesn’t matter? We need things right here in the U.S. I would love a audit of this organization. Not the false published data. When you don’t see blacks on the big screen then remember all these asses. I bet this man has no idea the whole Marvel world. This was not a stand alone movie. And if your pissed about this movie then how the hell did you miss Captain America Civil War?? Here we hv a superhero that is the richest and the smartest among all superhero. Even the Justice League Batman. When you wonder why there are no black dolls or black cartoons.. Here is the answer. I don’t know so please forgive me but what have the African countries said? Do they share the same position? Last thing Coming To America I mean they even had the black bride bark like a dog and hop on one foot. Roots, Underground..
    I respect black pride however before you feed Africa feed the blacks here too since you want to so righteous. Forgive any grammatical errors.

  • jazzysmith12

    that’s right I said it dammit!!!!!!!

  • Waya Hedia

    howz it feel to be flat out racist?

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    I agree with Sandra here, and to an extent part of pettition. We made Nike a Billionaire Dollar Company. It wasnt untill People like Spike Lee made people realize Nike had zero black executives and a poor track record of hiring minorities, for decades ….that they then were forced to change hiring pratices and re-invest in black communitys.

    There is pattern with this Nike wasnt the only ones. We build Billion dollar companies and Brands-yet our communities are still the poorest.

  • jazzysmith12

    it feels good cave Neanderthal devil with your fake white jesus bullsh!t!!!

  • Trey

    Im going on a friday at 2pm so I wont be in the theater with the hood rats…..smh

  • Heat2Hot

    One of the greatest lessons that I ever learned in life was to choose my battles. With that being said I cannot and will not sign this petition. Take Frozen for example. It is the top grossing animated film raking in almost 600 million. Did white people ask to give back to their community? No. How can we be taken serious about inequality and other issues in our communities when we have an expectation to be compensated for….(now wait for it)….A MOVIE!!!!! This sister cannot raise her fist in the air for this.

  • the guest

    Because black people are notoriously envious and jealous and despise and sabotage the survival and success of black people and it is that mentality and propensity that drives black people’s steadfast, self deprecating, self sacrificing, and self destructive preference for supporting white companies that discriminate against and marginalize black people.

  • Waya Hedia

    What a fuckwit.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    THIS is why, as some say “Black people can’t have anything”. This is a MOVIE about a brilliant black character and supporting characters. But that isn’t enough, now we want to dictate what the company does with their money. Like I said, I don’t see this big uproar when Black films are made by Blacks. Why can’t we enjoy the movie for what it is, entertainment. Enjoy the fact that Stan Lee chose to set up the Black Panther to have a stand alone movie. Afterward, go to some Black owned businesses, restaurants, etc and spend YOUR OWN money there instead of dictating where someone else should spend theirs

  • Lucy

    Dumbest petition ever. They target their audience. Would they feel better if they targeted the white community. The they would complain that they are being discriminated against.

  • Yoni7

    Nobody did this when Lion King came out and it was the FIRST BLACK Disney movie and they portrayed us as animals.

  • Shira Harding-James

    This is a movie though…

  • tisha

    People complained to much about anything

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Its making a profit off black dollars.Muti-Millions! Over the years Mega Millions to Billions . Doesnt matter what kind of business it is. The MOVIE BUSINESS, IS A BUSINESS.

  • jazzysmith12

    go play cave Neanderthal devil. yet, go stand in the sun!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Waya Hedia

    Stay miserable, fuckwit!

  • Sircaput

    I don’t think this movie is going to make Multi-Millions on the black man dollar some of the blacks I have talked to are waiting for bootleg on Kodi, the only way you would have an argument was if Marvel and Disney were consistent in making movies that was aimed toward black communities, this movie will make money based on comic book nerds and people who have been dedicated to the Marvel Franchise…So therefore they do not owe the black community anything. Maybe we should invest in our own communities before we try to tell other what they should be doing with their money.

  • Sircaput

    “Black Dollars” What the hell do that even mean?

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    IT MEANS YOUR BLOCKED