Some social media users are claiming they got beaten up by African-Americans at screenings of the new superhero film “Black Panther” in an effort to instigate racial violence, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Black Panther,” already a massive box office hit, is the first Marvel superhero movie to feature a black protagonist and predominantly black cast.
“I was so excited to see #BlackPanther and a young black man at the theater shouted ‘you in the wrong place, cracker!’ And proceeded to bloody my face. It hurts so bad I can’t take it!,” wrote @RobloxZionist along with a photo of “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles’ bloodied face.
@AsianWifeHaver wrote, “I went to see #BlackPanther with my gf and a black teenager shouted ‘u at the wrong theatre’ and smashed a bottle on her face,” accompanied by a photo of a bleeding white girl.
“#BlackPanther this is my older brother Kenan. He was jumped just trying to see the movie. ‘This movie ain’t for you whitey’ was the last thing he heard before he was beat up by 2 black men, rupturing his eardrum. He didn’t even make it inside of the movie theater. Smh,” read a tweet from @sharkwheat with an image of a battered man in a hospital bed. The photo was actually from a 2013 Dallas Observer article about a bar fight.
Police in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston, where many of the supposed attacks took place, confirmed they have not received reports of assaults by those descriptions.
One of these fake news reports includes white men in Make America Great Again hats being assaulted, BuzzFeed reported.
Twitter has removed some of the offending tweets.