Did Planet of The Apes target blacks

Black Lives Matter and social justice activist DeRay McKesson caused quite the stir on Twitter, tweeting out an image from the latest entry in the Planet of the Apes franchise that depicted one of the apes in a blue vest. His implication being, of course, that notoriously-liberal Hollywood was suddenly and inexplicably launching a direct racist attack on him. To provide some context, DeRay has made quite the conscious effort to make vests a part of his “brand” as an activist over the years, and apparently now he believes that this ubiquitous article of clothing and himself are somehow inextricably linked.

The absurd connection between an anthropomorphic animal on a movie poster who coincidentally happens to be wearing a vest and DeRay, never even occurred to anyone who isn’t transparently exploiting racial tensions in the Twittersphere, but with a victim complex firing on all cylinders, Mr. Mckesson just could not pass up this juicy opportunity to cry racism.

This tweet exposed an ugly brew of narcissism and shameless demagoguery — as DeRay presumed he was a relevant enough figure to be personally targeted by Hollywood, and immediately jumped to the conclusion that it was racism. All of this, of course, without lifting a finger towards attempting to familiarize himself with the Planet of the Apes’ history and iconography. A cursory Google search about the vest could have cleared things up, as it was obviously an homage to the original 1968 film, in which apes in the same style of blue vests make an appearance. On top of that, the film’s director clearly explained why the animal wears the vest in an interview:

But instead, DeRay took to riling up a Twitter mob to decry the imagined “injustice” that was taking place, in an attempt, of course, to reinforce the idea that racism is alive and well, and that he was a victim. It was a reach of astronomical proportions even by his standards, as the facts just didn’t add up, and the utter ridiculousness of his contention was self-evident. Eventually, after learning that blue vests are articles of clothing that are not exclusive to him, and being ridiculed by enough people on Twitter, he deleted the tweets, but this occurrence points to a larger problem within progressive circles. There’s an increasingly hackneyed tendency to project racism, sexism, and xenophobia onto harmless entertainment even at the expense of truth, so long as it fits a narrative.

Refracted through an intersectional prism, a fun science fiction movie about anthropomorphic apes was misconstrued to the extent that it became a racist attack. This fiasco demonstrates the increasing desperation among progressive activists to claim victim hood status in exchange for some sort of perceived moral virtue, independent of or even in spite of the facts. Curiously, despite the fact that hating racism is Deray’s full time job, he still somehow managed to be grossly incompetent at that. Demagoguery is easy, but facts take two seconds to Google, which apparently was too much to ask from professional racism hater, Deray McKesson.

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