It’s the most-talked-about movie in Hollywood right now and is on target to break several records.
On Good Morning America on Thursday T.J. Holmes introduced a segment about the highly anticipated superhero blockbuster, Black Panther, which features a mostly African-American cast.
But some viewers back at home were furious at the way the story was handled and branded it “racial.”
The comments were not lost on T.J. who tweeted a response to a couple of angry GMA fans.
During his segment, the 40-year-old gushed about the film, which stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
T.J. said: “It’s not just another superhero movie… This is the first Marvel movie that’s getting – with a black character – the blockbuster treatment, the blockbuster budget and by all indications, black is heading to the bank.”
He noted: “It’s expected to make up to $150 million opening weekend.”
T.J. also pointed out that Black Panther had a $200 million budget and is “breaking records” by becoming the “fastest selling February film in Fandango history, surpassing Fifty Shades of Grey and Deadpool.”
The film, which is released on Feb. 16, already has a 99 percent score on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes.
T.J. also pointed out that some black Hollywood stars, like Octavia Spencer, are renting out theaters so African-American children in underprivileged areas can see Black Panther for free.
He said: “There’s a cultural significance to this movie now when…little black kids can look up at the screen, they don’t have to close their eyes and imagine themselves as a hero. They can see it.”
Over on Twitter his colleague Robin Roberts tweeted about the story just before it aired on GMA.
But she, the show and T.J. faced backlash for the segment. Some of the comments were fierce. T.J. shared one tweet, writing: “Annnnnd ... it begins.”
Annnnnd ... it begins. https://t.co/OY10yp2arp
— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) February 8, 2018
He was referring to a viewer who wrote: “Why does it have to be about color at all? Why can’t it just be a super hero?
“Now who’s going all ‘racial’? ‘Trying to get kids of color in for free’.”
Why does it have to be about color at all ? Why can’t it just be a super hero? Now who’s going all “racial“? “Trying to get kids of color in for free”. Isn’t white a color? Don’t all kids want be any super hero? I thought this country was trying to be no color. - Hmmm
— Judie (@judiesp) February 8, 2018
Another person tweeted: “Your review on GMA, why does everything have to be about race?
“Giving free tickets to only black kids and not any poor kid that likes super hero’s [sic], your hero’s [sic] growing up were only black?”
your review on GMA , why does everything have to be about race? Giving free tickets to only black kids and not any poor kid that likes super hero’s , your hero’s growing up were only black? I had black hero’s growing up ,we should look at ones ability and character not color
— Dman77 (@kaisersosze718) February 8, 2018
T.J. shared the post, adding: “This train is never late. #BlackPanther.”