New Petition Wants Marvel To Invest Portion Of 'Black Panther' Profits Into Black Communities
A Change.org petition titled “25% of Marvel Studios Profits From The Black Panther Film Invested in Black Communities,” is requesting Marvel and its parent company Walt Disney invest 25 percent of the film’s profit into black communities and programs within those communities that focus on S.T.E.M.
“As black communities across the United States continue to grapple with issues such as gentrification, police brutality, and substandard living conditions we cannot continue to recklessly support these conglomerates, allowing them to profit off of us without demanding something more than just their products in return,” petition creator Chaz Gormley writes.
“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” Gormley adds.
“To not only go see a film about a fictitious country in Africa with advanced technology, but the opportunity to invest in programs which focus on the fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – that make such advancements possible, in real life.”
The petition has received 211 signatures of its goal of 500.
An alt-right Facebook group that planned on ruining Black Panther‘s Rotten Tomatoes score was shut down before it had the opportunity to do so.
Prior to Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys group page being removed, Huffington Post had spoken with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler of the event but he was ultimately unfazed by it.
“For me, I’m looking forward to everybody seeing the film,” Coogler said. “I’m really looking forward to sharing the film with audiences regardless of what their political views are…that’s kind of where I [stand on that].”