Black Panther was perceived as a massive game-changer for representation when it was released, but one person that doesn’t quite see it that way is Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.
The rapper has argued that the Marvel blockbuster was a “cruel experiment”, suggesting it was a small step for inclusion rather than a revolution.
“Black Panther was a cruel experiment, because we live in 2018, and it’s the first time that the film industry gave us a fair playing field on a worldwide blockbuster, and the hundreds of millions it takes to make it,” he told Variety.
Combs argued that black creators also “over-deliver” when given the right resources, as in the case of Black Panther.
“You can’t do anything without that money, without resources,” he continued. “But when we do get the resources, we over-deliver. When Adidas invests in Kanye and it’s done properly, you have the right results.
“When Live Nation invests in artists and puts them in arenas the same way U2 would be, you have the right results. Black Panther, Black-ish, fashion; it’s all about access. If you’re blocked out of the resources, you can’t compete. And that’s my whole thing – to be able to come and compete.”
Meanwhile, Marvel boss Kevin Feige has revealed he wants to see Black Panther find success at next year’s Oscars.
“I think there are a lot of amazing artists that helped to make that movie, and it would be wonderful if they could be recognised,” he said.
“There’s amazing performances, amazing artistry in that… Yes, they’re visual effects, yes, they are fun explosions, yes, there are spaceships. But these are all hand-crafted. Maybe it’s in front of a computer; it’s often actual sets, actual hand-built costumes.
“As much passion and artistry and talent goes into every single one we do; it’d be amazing for them to be recognised.”
Black Panther is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.
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