Marvel’s new movie Black Panther is the latest target of an online hate group that is attempting to trash the film’s score on Rotten Tomatoes. The group was, until very recently, operating under the Facebook Page “Down with Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys for harassment.” Facebook suspended that Page yesterday for violating the platform’s rules after receiving reports of harassment.
The Page purported to be home to a group of DC fans who, in an effort to jab at Disney and apparently Marvel fans, made plans to sabotage Rotten Tomatoes’ audience ratings with negative reviews. The “event” was scheduled to happen on February 15, but Facebook instead nuked the Page and Rotten Tomatoes issued a statement saying it will remove any such reviews it gets.
This event was named, “Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.” Before being suspended, the Page had around 3,700 users listed as planning to “attend” the event. The group also planned to spread around Black Panther spoilers in an effort to ruin fun for Marvel fans and viewers who, apparently, they view as enemies.
The group appears to be motivated for reasons revolving around hatred for minorities and women rather than a fondness for DC, however. Speaking to Inverse, the group’s “leader” accused Disney of “[shoving] SJW messages down our throats.” This individual also reportedly took a jab at minorities.
Before attacking Black Panther, this online collective had set their focus on Star Wars: The Last Jedi and on sabotaging its Rotten Tomatoes score. The movie earned ample attention from misogynists, one of whom went so far as to release an edited 46-minute version of the movie that had all the female characters removed.