This Twitter User Is Pointing Out How Important ‘Black Panther’ Is For POC

Black Panther is almost here and all the reviews are hyping the film up to possibly be the best Marvel movie ever. It’s also the first Marvel movie about a black superhero with multiple black characters.

People are excited to see some diversity and people of color on the screen. Marvel doesn’t have the best track record hiring POC. They posted a 10-year anniversary photo of all their leading characters, directors and producers and it’s overwhelmingly white and male.

10 years in the making. pic.twitter.com/kT5BWfVLU1

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 8, 2018

But Marvel isn’t the only sci-fi franchise to feature white men. Twitter user Dylan Marron highlighted the lack of diversity in sci-fi films by compiling all the lines spoken by POC. He started this project three years ago but is tweeting about it again to show just how important Black Panther is.

Three years ago I made a video series called Every Single Word where I edited down popular movies to only the words spoken by people of color. In honor of #BlackPanther I'm gonna re-share some of them here.

— Dylan Marron (@dylanmarron) February 14, 2018

The amount of line given to POC in major movie franchises like the Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings is abysmal. Every word spoken by a POC is the entire LOTR franchise can be compiled in 47 seconds.

This is the entire Lord of The Rings trilogy. You can watch it in less than a minute. pic.twitter.com/v6UBUlsPo1

— Dylan Marron (@dylanmarron) February 14, 2018

Out of the seven Harry Potter movies totaling 1,207 minutes, only five minutes and 40 seconds of that were said by POC. That’s only 0.47% of the movie, not even a full one percent.

He has a whole series dedicated to showing just how little POC are given speaking roles in major films, but in his Twitter thread, he just highlighted his sci-fi compilation.

This is Maleficent. pic.twitter.com/VPRAn3O6Ze

— Dylan Marron (@dylanmarron) February 14, 2018

This is Her, a movie set in a not-too-future Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/vNm94007Fm

— Dylan Marron (@dylanmarron) February 14, 2018

This is Into The Woods. pic.twitter.com/9gpmeUCzSc

— Dylan Marron (@dylanmarron) February 14, 2018

His point of resharing these clips is to show how important it is to have a black superhero movie like Black Panther. Marron wrote, “[These stories] each deal with fantastical elements yet seem to have found it “unrealistic” to cast POC in anything but the periphery.”

None of these stories are about race, yet they have cast white people by default. They each deal with fantastical elements yet seem to have found it “unrealistic” to cast POC in anything but the periphery.

— Dylan Marron (@dylanmarron) February 14, 2018

For too long universally accessible stories have used white avatars to tell them. While there are clearly exceptions, they are just that: exceptions.

— Dylan Marron (@dylanmarron) February 14, 2018

Because POC have typically cast as minor roles in sci-fi movies and given a minimal amount of lines, seeing a proper representation of POC in Black Panther is a big deal.

So if you see people celebrating #BlackPanther and don’t understand why, just remember that cinema has long been telling universally accessible stories that represent everyone with bodies that only represent some.

— Dylan Marron (@dylanmarron) February 14, 2018

There have been a few critics saying Black Panther isn’t a big deal because representation doesn’t matter. But clearly, based on Marron’s videos, representation is desperately needed in sci-fi movies. Thankfully, Black Panther is here to make up for all those years.

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