Disney is at the center of some controversy regarding some Black Panther pins that were sent out at Disney World. The pins, featured the Black Panther mask with white skin underneath (seen down below), and people took notice of it on Twitter:
why do white people ruin everything first america and now the black panther pins…
— #saveTPS 📌 (@batesmoteIIs) January 7, 2018
Twitter Wow, Disney. Really?
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Disney Pins Blog on Twitter: “Closer look at the new Marvel Black Panther open edition pin from Disney Parks! …
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— Deborah Kwan (@debkwan) January 7, 2018
— Sean Kelley McKeever is a stable, like, genius. (@seankmckeever) January 7, 2018
What’s with the white face?!
— Damian White (@DamianDazz) January 7, 2018
Why is he white underneath 🧐
— Sarah Anne (@barahsedo) January 7, 2018
Wasup with these missed colored black panther pins…seemed WHITE washed for real…why Disney?…good enough for the movie… but not good enough to sell in stores…can we ( the fans) get a honest answer..
— Medric g.aka.mett. (@medric_gibson) January 8, 2018
Some said it was photoshop, but apparently, it was just bad lighting:
From the article.https://t.co/fUkmwIpG99
— Sean Kelley McKeever is a stable, like, genius. (@seankmckeever) January 8, 2018
Ryan Mondics, who operates The Disney Pin Blog, said:
“We are getting lots of negative feedback.”
As far as whether or not the pins were an authentic Disney item, Disney has not responded for comment. It’s interesting to note that Disney was also involved in some similar controversy earlier today, when they were said to have been painting white extras in an effort to make them appear more “brown”.
As far as Black Panther is concerned, we know it’ll be another great Marvel Cinematic Universe film, and the synopsis alone will sell most fans:
After the events of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
Black Panther hits theaters February 18th.
What do you think of the Black Panther pin controversy? Be sure to tell us all of your thoughts on the matter in the comments!