Clothing Company Attacked for White Guy Modeling Black Panther Sweater

Clothing retailer Forever 21 has been forced to apologize for daring to advertise a sweater based on the Marvel superhero film Black Panther because its ad featured a white man modeling the item.

Apparently, social justice warriors think that white people are not allowed to like Black Panther, or something.

The original ad for the Black Panther-themed sweater depicted a sort of androgynous young white male model wearing the colorful sweater.

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Some left-wing, racemongering fellow on Twitter spoke about the issue saying, “Not even Wakanda can escape gentrification.”

Apparently, for these social justice warriors, it’s “segregation now, segregation forever.”

According to theNew York Post, some whiners immediately attacked the clothing company.

The post quickly sparked an online debate about whether this was an example of cultural appropriation or inclusivity.

“In what universe did you think it was ok to feature a white model in Wakanda gear?” one user wrote on Twitter. “I’m highly offended.”

The company quickly folded and deleted the Tweet.

For whatever reason, Forever 21 also apologized.

“Forever 21 takes feedback on our products and marketing extremely seriously. We celebrate all superheroes with many different models of various ethnicities and apologize if the photo in question was offensive in any way,” the company wrote in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter.

One has to wonder how movies would fare if they were restricted only to certain groups of people? Should black people be barred from watching Captain America films because the character is white? Can no one other than Asians go see the hit film Crazy Rich Asians? How much segregation to these social justice warriors want?

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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