Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn came to the defense of Marvel Studios' Black Panther Saturday after several people posted tweets alleging that they had been assaulted at screenings of the film. They claimed they were attacked by African-American moviegoers just because they were Caucasian and wanted to see Black Panther on Friday and Saturday.
"The racists are out and rearing their ugly heads with lots of fake tweets about violence at #BlackPanther screenings. In truth, people from all walks of life have been enjoying the film together this weekend. Don’t let this BS scare you away," wrote Gunn, who added a heart emoji at the end.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pictures of bloodied "victims" were actually hijacked images of real-world assault casualties or makeup tests meant to simulate cinematic gore. Other tweeters and fans were quick to call out these claims as false and egregiously racist.
"Fake posts are being created to make black people look bad and the sad part of it is some people will believe them," wrote Twitter user Trapa Fasa, whom Gunn quoted in his own post.