Marvel Studios' Black Panther continues to be a box-office phenomenon, racking up a tally of $501 million domestically and $897 million worldwide since its release last month. While its box office success is something worth noting, the film's cultural impact and it being a watershed moment for inclusion and representation is what truly has people talking. Just ask Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock, who spoke of the film's impact on her children while attending last night's Oscars ceremony.
When asked by Access Hollywood about the film's impact on her children, the Ocean's 8 actress told the show, "I started to cry backstage when I was telling [the Black Panther cast] how much the film meant to me as a woman, but how much it meant to me as a mother. That says a lot about where we are in this world and in the world of superheroes."
She continued praising the film and what it means to have Black superheroes that her children can look up to. "I'm so grateful to Marvel because about five years ago, my son asked me if there were any brown Legos," she said. "And I said, 'Yes, there are,' and I got a Sharpie and I turned Spider-Man brown, I turned the Legos brown, and I don't have to turn them brown anymore."
Bullock — who is the mother of two black children, Louis Bardo Bullock and Laila Bullock — isn't the only person acknowledging how important Black Panther is when it comes to representation. Moviegoers all over the world are sharing pictures of children identifying with seeing actors of color in the film and its displays and posters. Furthermore, several Twitter users took to the social media site using the hashtag #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe to relay what it felt like to have a Black superhero starring in his own blockbuster film.
If nothing else, the comments of Bullock and others — not to mention the film's overwhelming success — prove just how much representation in media matters.
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