Jason Whitlock, the host of Fearless with Jason Whitlock, recently declared that the Black Panther sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever promotes “matriarchy and racial idolatry.”
During a segment of one of his most recent episodes with Delano Squires and Anthony Walker, Whitlock asserts, “When I talk about a message, theme of a movie, I think about the audience, and most of the audience aren’t pastors.”
He continued, “And the people we saw dancing, and buying all this stuff, and putting on all the costumes if we went to a barber shop or a beauty shop and people are talking about the Black Panther they are not talking about vengeance and what really heals vengeance when they go see that movie.”
“What they’re talking about is race, and what the racial messaging was, and Wakanda,” he opines. “And now we got the Mexicans involved and they got a little perfect universe themselves underwater and boy if we could all just get away from the man, we would be living in utopia.”
Whitlock elaborated, “And so again, the movie is based is off of, and Anthony, I think pointed this out, it’s based off racial idolatry. You have to sit there and go, ‘Oh man, they gave this black man all this money to make the movie. Oh, and this is mostly a black cast. And oh, this is about this black paradise.'”
“Everything’s race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race,” Whitlock reiterates. “And so I think racial idolatry — and not that Anthony doesn’t, so let me just be clear — racial idolatry is blinding us to reality.”
“And so the reality is that this movie does put on a little veneer of hey, there’s an overall message about vengeance, but what we really want you to take away from this is that, ‘Man, if these black women could just be put in charge and black men fall in line. Ah! We would have Wakanda. Look at it.'”
“And then if we just put this little 120 pound, if she could be the Black Panther. See how much more moral she is than Killmonger? She sees Killmonger in a dream and he’s telling her go for vengeance. He’s in, I guess, their version of heaven. And he’s telling her go, be about that life, go out there and get your revenge. But they show her as more moral.”
Whitlock then bemoans, “And then the final kick in the groins for me was after the movie’s over, they then go dirty up T’Challa and say, ‘You know what? He got a baby mama that’s living over in Haiti. He was embarrassed, wouldn’t take care of her, sent her off somewhere else to raise the baby, blah, blah, blah.'”
“They done turn T’Challa, the prince, the king, the icon that they’re allegedly honoring, they done turned him into a baby daddy in his grave,” he asserts.
A little bit later during the segment, he added, “Angela Bassett, Ramonda, kept saying, ‘Hey, there’s something I need to tell you about T’Challa.’ And she never got to tell it to her.”
“He got this baby over in Haiti. He knocked up old girl and she left. I meant to tell you this, baby girl, but we gonna save it ’til after the credits when we dirty up and kick this and give this one more black man a kick in the groins,” Whitlock continued.
“The only black men they love is a dead one,” he states. “So all this, ‘Oh we honoring T’Challa.’ Nah, you celebrating another dead black man. And now women are in charge and the baldheaded lesbians are the strongest, fiercest women on the planet, and they running around kicking everybody’s butt. And then we go get MC Lightweight (Riri Williams) from over in LA somewhere and we going to snatch her up and she’s gonna come over here and kick butt in Wakanda.
“I just don’t think anybody at the beauty shop or barber shop is talking about the vengeance thing. They are talking about race,” he declared.
Ember War novelist Richard Fox shared a similar opinion albeit a much more truncated version.
He wrote on Facebook, “Wakanda Forever: It’s bad. If you pay money and hours of your life to watch it, you will feel bad.”
He continued, “The plot is about weak, ineffectual women failing miserably at everything and yet they lack the self awareness to realize they reject the one thing they need to take care of themselves. But they think they’re strong, independent women who don’t need no man.”
He concluded, “Don’t take your sons to this. It’s an insult to all good things.”
YouTuber Courtney Michelle also shared her thoughts in a brief video saying, ““So I just left seeing Wakanda Forever and I am — I am pissed. I am pissed because if pushing an agenda was a movie this would be in the forefront of that. This was Woman King on steroid. If you think that I’m gonna believe that a hundred pound black woman soaking wet is just an almighty warrior and can just body dudes like it’s no tomorrow, come on.”
She continued, “Like instead of Wakanda it should have been called Where Are The Men. Because they was not there. They were not present. And the ones that was there was weak. But all the women that was in the movie was just brolic, built, strong Hercules.”
She then questioned, “What is this saying to us? Perpetuating the idea of the strong black woman and a subservient black effeminate man. I just think it’s disgusting. I’m completely upset by the movie.”
Michelle added, “Man, did this Kyrie Irving didn’t teach me anything, it’s when you put your life, career in the hands of other people that don’t look like you then they can make you do whatever they want you to do.”
She concluded, “And this movie does not represent what African culture is. It doesn’t represent what our culture needs to be. So now, I’m good on Wakanda. Where are da men?”
What do you make of Whitlock’s opinion about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?