Hello again! Just got a new computer and it’s taken me a few days to build it and get it up and running. I have Photoshop back but haven’t put my regular brushes back in so it was back to the default settings for this kitty!
You’re excited about Black Panther. I’m excited about Black Panther. We should all go and see Black Panther when it comes out and encourage everybody else to see Black Panther too. Reblog posts about Black Panther. Watch the trailer a hundred times. Make playlists and fan art and fic and other such content. Spread the love.
But please, please remember that you can like a thing without taking over.
Black Panther isn’t for you. I’m not saying you can’t watch it or like it or make fan content for it. I’m saying that this is a big budget blockbuster about a Black hero, from a Black director, with an almost entirely Black cast, and it’s set in a fictional African nation completely untouched by white colonialism and imperialism. This is huge and groundbreaking and not ours, and while you’re enjoying it, please stay in your lanes.
Don’t speak over fans of color about what the movie means or how important it is or which headcanons are valid.
Don’t reduce T’Challa in fan content to just Bucky’s babysitter or a friendly provider of vibranium for all the Avengers’ needs. Wakanda is not just some pretty vacation spot for white superheroes. T’Challa doesn’t even really like the Avengers much in any MCU content we’ve seen so far; he took Bucky in as reciprocity and he was in favor of limiting the Avengers’ power through the Sokovia Accords. I’m not saying you can’t write fics that change his feelings in that regard. I’m saying don’t make him solely a plot device or an emotional support for white heroes, the way Sam is so often written as just Steve’s counselor, or Rhodey as just the guy who supplies Tony with backup sometimes.
T’Challa is his own character with his own culture, interests, and motivations. He doesn’t need to wake Bucky up to have a friend or sidekick or adviser. He already has those things. He doesn’t need to have some white love interest in order to learn about lowering his guard or having fun or whatever whatever, and he absolutely does not need fics in which white Americans or whatever show him a culture where same sex relationships are valued/allowed. Don’t paint T’Challa’s culture as homophobic or backwards. Don’t use him and his people as the backdrop for your Stucky pining fic. He is not a prop. He is not some feral creature that needs to be tamed by a white lover. Don’t be gross.
Wakanda is technologically advanced and self-sufficient. The Avengers don’t need to show up with their cool technology. Wakanda has cool technology all by itself. It’s not a hideout for each and every Avenger on the run from the law. Don’t photoshop white heroes onto T’Challa’s throne. Don’t make this all about white characters with an “exotic” backdrop.
Listen to people of color. If they tell you to back off or say you’re doing something gross, listen. Stay in your lane. Don’t make it all about you. And before you decide to play Fandom Police and drag someone else for making Black Panther fan content you find problematic, be sure to check and see that you’re not lecturing a person of color on what’s offensive to POC.