IN SHORT: The rumour that Tom Hanks will play Martin Luther King in an upcoming film has caused anger. But it’s based on an AI-generated poster that wasn’t made by Netflix.
- They don’t want us have no HISTORY!!!!
- This is disrespectful!! MLK is a real character not fictional and he is African American!! Only a African American should play that role!!!
- Tom Hanks playing MLK is a prime example that Jesus was never white…and that everything that we see was stolen from us, this $hit is crazy.
- Tom Hanks coloring himself black to play MLK is blackface and should be cancelled immediately.
King was a leader of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
The movement opposed US Jim Crow laws that denied black people education, segregated them from the rest of the population, prevented them from voting and banned marriage to people from other population groups.
King was assassinated in 1968 in the US state of Tennessee.
But has Netflix cast Hanks in the role of King in an upcoming movie?
The rumour comes from what seems to be a Netflix poster for the movie MLK that shows Hanks, in blackface, leading a crowd.
But a Google reverse image search reveals that the poster isn’t legit and the movie doesn’t exist.
But where did the Midjourney user get the idea?
The article is headlined: “Tom Hanks to play Martin Luther King Jr. in Upcoming Speilberg Directed Biopic.” The misspelling presumably refers to US film director Steven Spielberg.
But this is not true. The movie poster is AI-generated and the article is, supposedly, satire.
Satire is the use of humour or exaggeration aimed at criticising people or their ideas.
Tom Hanks won’t be playing Martin Luther King Jr in an upcoming Netflix movie. There is no such movie being filmed.
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