HERALDED as a watershed moment in the history of Hollywood and a huge boost to the cause of equality within the arts, Black Panther has made a lasting and informative impression on one local white man and film goer.
Local film fan Jonathan Smyth has now attained an attuned understanding of the struggles of American Americans following a single viewing of Marvel movie Black Panther, leading Smyth to tell black communities in the middle of discourses on race relations to ‘stop, I totally get it’ before adding he has always felt a close affinity with African American culture.
Smyth, keen to see the heavy lies the crown tale of King T’Challa and his superhero alter-ego Black Panther on the big screen, had been worried that he wouldn’t be able to gain an intimate understanding of the last several hundred years of black history upon just one viewing of the film. However, the authority with which Smyth speaks now when addressing ‘the black experience in America’ would suggest he is now one of the foremost scholars on the subject and incredibly ‘woke’.
“I really, really get it, you don’t have to explain,” Smyth reiterated in the comments section of a movie forum when a film fan tried to correct Smyth on some of his observations about the film, which opened to the 5th highest opening weekend earnings in film history.
The film, directed by Ryan Coogler with a soundtrack from Kendrick Lamar, deals with contemporary issues of race, as well as African Americans often complex relationship with, and connection to ,Africa, sparking a sense in Smyth that all he needed was this 2-hour movie in order to gain a superior knowledge of race relations in the 21st century.
“Say no more fam, I got this,” concluded Smyth while placing a reassuring hand over his heart. Smyth who also went on record to decry the tone deaf reaction from some caucasian people on the internet, who just had no idea how stupid they sounded when delving deep into the movie’s themes and wider cultural significance.