The same group that sabotaged ‘The Last Jedi’ reviews is responsible.
Apparently, even movie ratings are being sucked into the vortex of race politics — as evidenced by a recent Reddit post calling out the user ratings for the movie Black Panther on IMDb.
If you don’t know yet, Black Panther is the new Marvel movie about a noble African king fighting to save his country, Wakanda, from traitors and enemies galore. It’s made headlines recently for having a black writer, a black director and a majority black cast.
But this Reddit thread caught our attention because it suggested that a certain group of IMDb users were consistently giving Black Panther poor ratings, before the movie had even been released.
Check out the number of people who gave the movie a 1/10 rating on the site:
Now, look at how many of those low ratings came from men age 30 and older (the total number of ratings for each age group is in blue; the average rating for that group is in black):
So, what the heck is going on here?
Well, late last year, an alt-right group called “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys” announced it had sabotaged the Rotten Tomatoes reviews for The Last Jedi, apparently in protest of what it viewed as the movie’s demonization of white men and deification of female heroes and heroes of color.
Above, Reddit comments about “Black Panther.”
More recently, that same group announced plans to sabotage Black Panther‘s Rotten Tomatoes ratings.
“Given the massive success of the audience review rigging on the Rotten Tomatoes site for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and due to the sudden rise in those disgruntled with Disney business practices among other factors especially due to the corporate manipulations which created falsified bad press for the DCEU [DC Extended Universe],” the group’s administrator said, “I feel that it’s time to strike back at all those under Disney and bring down the house of mouse’s actions for paying off the critics that hurt DC Comics on film and for other parties affected by them.”
Wow! Disappointed but not surprised smh pic.twitter.com/S0Ph0wRU6U
— Matthew T’Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 1, 2018
Rotten Tomatoes promptly took action against this vile effort, and Facebook booted the group off their site.
But on IMDb, the group appears to have left its mark.
Dose reached out to IMDb for a response to apparent alt-right review bombing of ‘Black Panther,’ but did not receive a response.
Here’s why this matters: Lots of people decide whether to see movies based on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores. Before a movie’s even been released, this nasty internet brigading could lower box office sales.
the audience scores from different platforms (rotten tomatoes, imdb, etc.) for black panther are starting to get lower even before the premiere. marvel-haters are really doing that shit to sabotage black panther’s ratings. where was this during ragnarok and homecoming? racists.
— captain* (@iamgeekingout) February 9, 2018
So let this be a life lesson: The internet can be a wicked place; take its movie ratings with a grain of salt.