A number of social media users have shared images of actual women who have been assaulted and wrote that the incidents happened at “Black Panther” movies at the hands of young black people — which have been proved to be false.
In one image, a user shared an actual photo of former White House staffer Rob Porter’s ex-wife sporting a black eye with the caption: “Went to the #BlackPanther premier tonight and my wife was assaulted. Three black women approached us and one said ‘This movie ain’t for you white b****’ and then attacked her. Security escorted us to the parking lot and we left. We just wanted to see a movie.”
The account was clearly made up considering the photo is known to be of ex-wife Colbie Holderness.
Another graphic image shows a bloodied teen with the caption: “i went to see #BlackPanther with my gf and a black teenager shouted ‘u at the wrong theater’ and smashed a bottle on her face.”
The image is actually of a 19-year-old from Sweden, who was attacked by a man at a nightclub in Malmö after refusing his advances.
Sophie Johansson reportedly tried to leave the club in attempt to avoid the situation escalating further, but on the way out, the man struck her over the head with a beer bottle.”I thought it was (liquid) from the bottle (on my face), but then my friend said it was running blood,” she told the Swedish outlet Aftonbladet. “I ended up in shock.”
There were a number of other photos used, including a split of two images showing a woman who was beaten by her boyfriend for hours after being held captive in an apartment.
A tweet obtained by BuzzFeed, which received more than 400 retweets, actually used an image of a bloody paper towel from 2009 to allege an assault occurred by a number of black youths at the movie. The account was later suspended.
Several users were quick to call out the fake posts and user Trapa Fasa has been pointing out the made-up accounts.
“Fake posts are being created to make black people look bad and the sad part of it is some people will believe them #BlackPanther,” he wrote.
“Black Panther” hit theaters on Friday and had been praised for its represantation of African-Americans as superheroes.
“Even for black people, often times we’re not depicted as diverse as we are,” star Lupita Nyong’o told the Daily News. “The cast of this film came from all over the globe. … Black people from everywhere populated this film. And it was just such a rich moment — and it was a moment where I had hope for a Pan-African identity.”