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Hillary Clinton says she loved watching ‘Black Panther’
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Although her presidential bid is behind her, Hillary Clinton hasn’t given up trying to be a pop culture icon.
In an awkward attempt at virtue signaling, Hillary Clinton made sure to let everyone know she went to see the movie Black Panther with her husband, Bill, on Saturday.
Fellow Twitter users pointed out the transparency and hypocrisy of her tweet, given her past racist comments and her patronizing pandering to black voters.
Clinton virtue signaling tweet fails
Voters were subjected to ham-handed efforts by Hillary Clinton to appeal to young people during her 2016 campaign with awkward Snapchats and references to games like Pokemon GO — but it looks like the show isn’t over yet. Clinton is apparently still desperate to win the approval of the social justice-minded millennials who preferred Vermont’s socialist Bernie Sanders over herself.
Widely acclaimed as “revolutionary,” Black Panther is a Marvel superhero film featuring a mostly black cast and director. The big-budget action movie is a box office hit with a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s also grabbed attention for its identity politics.
Time magazine writes that “the very existence of Black Panther feels like resistance” during a “regressive cultural and political moment fueled in part by the white-nativist movement.” It’s no surprise then that Hillary, perpetually a bit behind the trend but eager for relevance, jumped on the Black Panther bandwagon.
She tweeted on Saturday:
Saw Black Panther with Bill this afternoon & loved it. Beautiful film, lots of action, and a great message. Don’t miss it!
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 3, 2018
As it turns out, Clinton isn’t the first Democrat to make an ostentatious display of her liberal politics by tweeting about Black Panther. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts’s favorite Cherokee Indian, posed for a photo-op with her family when she went to see the film last month.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) February 17, 2018
Twitter fires back
But despite the fact that Clinton wasn’t the only one to share her movie-going habits, Twitter users mocked the former secretary of state over the tweet, accusing her of pandering to black audiences and simply trying too hard to be cool.
Some joked about Clinton’s self-avowed habit of carrying hot sauce in her bag everywhere she goes, which some from the radio show The Breakfast Club took as a racist attempt to pander to black voters.
.@HillaryClinton did you smuggle hot sauce into the theater in your purse
— A.J. (@GodFatha702) March 3, 2018
Oh look everyone!! Hillary pandering to black folks again. Hot sauce anyone? pic.twitter.com/HyIfWOgLWE
— JenniferW (@JenWoodruff79) March 3, 2018
Others reminded Clinton of the time she characterized young black men as “super predators” in the 1990s.
“We need to take these people on, they are often connected to big drug cartels, they are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called super predators. No conscience. No empathy,” she said in 1996. “We can talk about why they ended up that way but first we have to bring them to heel.”
One user called her out:
The same people you called predators?
— The 7 Wolves Boxing (@the7wolves) March 3, 2018
Others saw right through Clinton’s desperate desire to be perceived as cool.
“Oh- I also saw Get Out 3 times” pic.twitter.com/cBtFokLLsA
— Andrew Wertz (@awertz23) March 3, 2018
All of these critiques boil down to one question: why is Clinton trying so hard?
She can try to cultivate the image of a hip, trendy progressive all she wants, but everyone can see that beyond her antics, she’s still the same manipulative politician that she always was.
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