Earlier this week, we reported on a group of man-child crybabies who aim to tank the audience rating of Marvel Studios’ upcoming film, Black Panther. The group calls themselves “Down with Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and Fanboys,” and as their name indicates, they’re very much against big Disney franchises.
In addition to hating Disney franchises, they believe that critics have been paid off by the House of Mouse for positive reviews for their films, and negative reviews for DC films (They haven’t). Their goal is to tank Black Panther’s audience rating, in hope that it will have a negative effect on the film’s performance. This group claimed to have done the same thing with Disney’s December release, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (though I think it’s probably BS, and that the polarizing nature of that film was enough to bring down the audience score).
Rotten Tomatoes isn’t taking this threat sitting down, and is working to make sure that the film’s audience score keeps its credibility:
“We at Rotten Tomatoes are proud to have become a platform for passionate fans to debate and discuss entertainment and we take that responsibility seriously. While we respect our fans’ diverse opinions, we do not condone hate speech. Our team of security, network and social experts continue to closely monitor our platforms and any users who engage in such activities will be blocked from our site and their comments removed as quickly as possible.”
All in all, if this group is still able to bring enough like-minded folks together, they can likely have an effect on the audience score. However, so long as they don’t flood the film with hate speech, or dip into illegal hacking territory, there is little that Rotten Tomatoes will be able to do.
Regardless, based on critics’ initial reactions so far, it looks like Black Panther will be another winner, regardless of what these fanboys are trying to do.
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