On his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Tuesday, host Ben Shapiro mocked the media on its endorsement of the new “Black Panther” film scheduled to be released this Feb. 16, as the “most important moment in black American history.”
“Okay, ‘Wakanda’ is where it is,” said Ben Shapiro mockingly. “This is the most important moment in black American history. Not Martin Luther King, not Frederick Douglas, not the Civil War, not the end of Jim Crow – none of that – not Brown v. Board, the most important thing is that Chadwick Bosman puts claws on his hands and a mask on his face and runs around jumping off cars in CGI fashion.”
Shapiro’s comments came as media outlets from the Rolling Stone, who hailed the upcoming film as “revolutionary” in a recent op-ed to The New York Times, who published a piece calling the film “a defining moment for black America” praised the new Marvel superhero film.
Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s remarks from his show:
“Everyone in the media [not literally everyone] is talking about the most important thing that has ever happened in the history of humanity, or at least since Caitlyn Jenner became a woman, a transgender woman, and that, of course, is the release of ‘Black Panther.’
“It is so deeply important—we’ve heard it is deeply important to millions of black Americans, who, after all, were not liberated from slavery 200 years ago and liberated by the civil rights movement with federal legislation and have not been gradually restored to what always should have been full civil rights in the United States. Alright, none of that has mattered up ’til they made a Marvel movie about a super hero who is black in a country filled with black people. That is the real, that’s the change.
“‘Blade’ was not enough. ‘Cat Woman’ with Halle Berry – no.
“Okay, ‘Wakanda’ is where it is.
“This is the most important moment in black American history. Not Martin Luther King, not Frederick Douglas, not the Civil War, not the end of Jim Crow – none of that – not Brown v. Board, the most important thing is that Chadwick Boseman puts claws on his hands and a mask on his face and runs around jumping off cars in CGI fashion.
“Deeply, deeply important. Black children everywhere will now believe that they too can be super heroes who jump off cars in fictional countries. It’s very important.
“Now, you may sense that I’m mocking a little bit. The reason I’m mocking a little bit is because I hate this kind of identity politics. I think it’s incredibly stupid.
“I think it’s incredibly stupid because, again, I grew up as an orthodox Jewish kid where no American president has been Jewish, no American president has been an orthodox Jew, and yet, I grew up on 1776, essentially worshipping the founding fathers, none of whom were Jewish.
“Alright? And yesterday, my daughter – actually it was on Shabbot. So, I was sitting around with my daughter, and my daughter was talking about how – she’s talking about the presidents because she’s learning about the president in preschool. She’s very politically active, my daughter. She’s four years old, and she knows many of the presidents. She’s familiar with the life stories of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, and she said, ‘Daddy, was George Washington Jewish?’
“And I said, ‘No, he wasn’t.’
“And she said, ‘Is Donald Trump Jewish?’
“I said, ‘No, he’s not.’
“And she said, ‘Have any of the presidents been Jewish?’
“And I said, ‘No.’
“And she said, ‘Why haven’t any of the presidents been Jewish?’
“And she’s four, so I didn’t go into the full explanation, but what I said is, ‘You know, they just haven’t been, but maybe there will be a Jewish president in the future. Would you like to be president one day?’
“She said, ‘I don’t know. It sounds boring.’
“And so, which I think is an astute observation on the part of my daughter, but the point is this: Right? If you’re not telling your kids that they can be anything in America, you’re doing something wrong as a parent. And if you had to wait until ‘Black Panther’ came out—
“Alright? We heard this about Barack Obama, when he was elected too. Now that Obama’s been elected president black Americans will feel like they too can be president. It’s a transformative moment. And yet, all we hear now is that America is deeply racist and black people are still systematical, systemically discriminated against, and that black people are still victims in American society. So it turned out it didn’t mean anything.
“When Obama was president we were told it meant everything. And then he was president for two terms – right? – reelected overwhelmingly, and then, it turns out, it didn’t mean anything because we needed Chadwick Boseman to somehow make sure that black people felt accepted in American society because a bunch of white executives at Marvel greenlit a film about black people in a fictional country in Africa.
“The insanity that has attended ‘Black Panther’ – it’s crazy.”