‘Black Panther’ Writer RIPS Marvel For Not Inviting Her To Premiere

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Jena Greene Reporter
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Roxane Gay, the co-writer of the “Black Panther” comic was noticeably absent from the movie’s star-studded premiere this week.

While attendees were required to arrive at the purple carpet in royal dress code, the person that provided the inspiration for movie was excluded from the event.

The “Bad Feminist” writer watched pictures of the event surface online and hopped on Twitter to air her grievances.

She notes that the comic and the movie are involved in different realms but it’s important to keep in mind that the movie wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Gay’s work. “Whew. Had something come up yesterday,” she said on Twitter. “But. This was just a tweet. It wasn’t meant to become a thing. I was just sharing a personal [loss], you know, pulling the curtains back. The comics and movies are different entities. I just felt, as I said, bummed to not be invited.”

She noted that she will continue to support the film’s cause and encouraged her Twitter followers to “support the movie enthusiastically.”

Roxane Gay and her cowriter, Yona Harvey made history in 2016 after they were named the first black female comic writers for Marvel, yet neither were invited to this week’s purple carpet event. Marvel has not disclosed a reason for keeping the two away from the premiere.

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