Left-leaning website Salon got absolutely roasted on Twitter when they made the claim “Black Panther is the first blockbuster-format release featuring a black hero front and center.”

A number of folks pointed out a number of movies that came out before Black Panther including Blade, Spawn, and Hancock.

One user pointed out Salon “reduced an actor’s talent and the success of a movie to the color of his skin.”

Others pointed out Salon completely ignored every Denzel Washington movie and even the more recent Django: Unchained starring Jamie Foxx.

Another of others brought up Will Smith.

Did they forget Independence Day too?

This twitter user hit it on the head, “Shaquille O’Neal would not agree…”

Salon completely discredited Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop.

They even forgot Blazing Saddles!

Michael Jai White’s Black Dynamite was also completely forgotten.

While many pointed out examples showing how untrue Salon’s claims was, others just flat out called their claims what they are.

Facing significant blow back Salon issued a number of corrections, but did not delete their original claim. One of those corrections tried to deflect responsibility onto critics. They claim their quote is what the critics are saying. Yet, if you actually search the updated article for “blockbuster,” the quote is simply not there. Where did it come from?

Their next correction just describes the cast of the movie and what the film is based on. It still doesn’t actually admit their original Tweet was factually wrong.

Black Panther debuts in theaters on February 16, 2018. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Letitia Wright as Shuri, and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross.

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