Internet trolls are posting fake assault claims from showings of new superhero movie 'Black Panther'
Black Panther is breaking a lot of boundaries in the short time since its release this month. While we have all become accustomed to a plethora of superhero movies in our movie theaters, there is a common trend amongst them and other blockbusters.
Plenty of avid followers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have had a lot of fun with those movies, but have been hoping for quite a while that they spread out and diversify their output once in a while.
By this I mean it would be incredible to see more inclusion of people of color, women and, well, a little less hench white straight dudes. I'm all for a new Captain America or Thor movie, but it's far more authentic to portray the world around us like it actually is, superpowers or not.
And when it comes to superhero movies, having a hero to look up to that looks like you can be a wonderful thing for child. And despite the passion of adult fans all over the planet, it's the kids that are going to be the most devoted to these movies.
That's where Black Panther came in, bringing with it a new concept and a cast far different from what we are used to getting from Hollywood. Thankfully, it's not just a historic release - but a great movie too, with audiences and critics praising the movie and helping it break box office records already.
But not everyone is so happy about its success.
Twitter trolls are trying to spark up outrage in the midst of the movie's release, by making false claims that racially-motivated assaults were taking place at screenings.
In one instance, a photo of a 19-year-old Swedish woman who was assaulted in a bar last month was used to falsely claim that a man's girlfriend had been attacked by a "black teenager", who apparently "shouted 'u at the wrong theater' and smashed a bottle on her face".
People quickly figured out this was a horrible lie, but by then other spiteful idiots had jumped on the bandwagon, using real images of women who have been assaulted in different situations, with the same false story that they had been attacked for being white at a Black Panther screening.
One even used a photo of the ex-wife of former White House staffer Rob Porter, showing how little thought was going into this smear campaign.
Unfortunately, many people will see a tweet and not check where the image is really from or check if it's been reported elsewhere. This is how false narratives spread online - and it's something we can all get past if we are a little extra vigilant and don't believe everything we see.
And, for future reference, you can also right-click and do a reverse image search and find out where these images actually come from.
It's a shame that anybody would want to put a dampener on something that is bringing a lot of joy to people at the moment - but that's the internet for you. If you want to see what the worst things happening at Black Panther screenings are, check out these kids who tried to sneak in with a ridiculous disguise.
Anyway, I'm probably going to head out and watch Black Panther a few more times.