It only took a matter of minutes for Twitter to hop all over the story, and that’s when T’Challa and his kingdom of Wakanda were dragged into the mess.
Writer Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) took to the microblogging platform to offer journalists three hundred dollars to ask President Trump his opinion on America’s current relationship with the nation of Wakanda.
“I am offering $300 to the journalist who very seriously asks Trump his opinion on our nation’s relations with Wakanda and gets the question and answer recorded live on video,” Benincasa tweeted.
I am offering $300 to the journalist who very seriously asks Trump his opinion on our nation’s relations with Wakanda and gets the question and answer recorded live on video. I know $300 doesn’t sound like a lot to some people but I also know what most reporters make so…$300.
Now, before we get too far, we probably should clarify something, especially in this day and age. Wakanda is a fictional country, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as the home to Black Panther. The country made it’s Marvel debut in Fantastic Four #52 (1966), the same issue Black Panther himself first appeared.
Although its exact location has changed from time to time throughout the history of Marvel comics, the country is typically situated in northeastern Africa.
As social media works — for better or for worse — it was only a matter of time before the Internet found the tweet. Needless to say, it was trending worldwide on Twitter before too long.
Many users decided to also chip in should a journalist be able to capture the question and answer on video. Then others decided to start adding some more questions to ask the President.
“If you follow this up with a question (that he answers) about whether Wakandan/American relations are complicated by them granting asylum to the terrorist fugitives James Buchanan Barnes, I will double the offer,” Twitter use Alex Zalben added, joking about Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) offering to cryofreeze The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) at the end of Captain America: Civil War.
The movement has since received its own hashtag — #WakandaGate.
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Black Panther opens in theaters on February 16th.
Other upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include; Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th, Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6th, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.