Color us surprised, but not really.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Black Panther frontman Chadwick Boseman revealed, to our everlasting chagrin, that Marvel wanted him to use a British accent for the role of T’Challa.
“They felt that it was maybe too much for an audience to take. I felt the exact opposite,” he said. “Like, if I speak with a British accent, what’s gonna happen when I go home?”
With that said, Boss Man Boseman did not buck and relented.
“I was like, ‘No, this is such an important factor that if we lose this right now, what else are we gonna throw away for the sake of making people feel comfortable?” he asserted.
While Boseman did not name any names who told him this or reveal the exact reasoning behind this suggestion, we think we could guess why.
White executives operate on the egregious and outright racist practice of forsaking the cultural signifiers, big or small, of a marginalized community, solely for the sake of keeping white audiences comfortable. They tried to do it with Crazy Rich Asians. It did not work as the film topped the U.S. box office. Unrepentant, unapologetic black jubilance in all its boastfulness was on high alert in Black Panther, and audiences responded accordingly. Hopefully, Oscar voters will do the same.
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