President Trump Takes Credit For Black Panther's Success
US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to congratulate himself for the success of 2018 superhero film Black Panther. Trump wrote that, "I'm leading an administration that has greatly benefited the African Americans. Just look at the numbers for Black Panther. You wouldn't see that under Obama, I'll tell ya that."
Black Panther earned over $1.35 billion in the box office, making it the 9th-highest grossing film of all-time. The film took home three Academy Awards in 2019 (Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design). It also became the first comic-book-based film ever to be nominated for Best Picture.
Trump continued to tout the success of the film on Twitter all while giving himself 100% credit.
"I've been very, very good to the black Americans among us. Unemployment, record lows. I'm friends with Candace Owens, Kanye West, and Ben Carson, all of whom are black," tweeted Trump. "And the film Black Panther got incredible numbers and outstanding reviews. Why? Because I'm making the country great again and you're all along for the ride."
CNN's Don Lemon responded to Trump's claims, stating that, "Don't give yourself credit for the success of other people's hard work. And by the way, what do you mean, we're 'all along for the ride'? Is that a reference to slave ships, you undoubtedly racist man?! Well, I didn't agree to this ride, so it might as well be."
Chadwick Boseman, the man who played Black Panther wrote on Twitter on Friday evening that "We must come together to bring down the walls of hatred and buy Black Panther on Blu-ray, especially that last part."
"You're welcome," replied President Trump's Twitter account. "African-Americans are doing so well under my administration that you might as well call me a black supremacist."