Have you ever heard of DeRay McKesson? Probably not. But apparently he thinks that the new Planet of the Apes film is a racist attack against him. DeRay is a prominent Black Lives Matter activist, and just like him, one of the apes in the planet of the apes poster wears a blue vest.
“Anti-Racism Strategist” Tariq Nasheed tweeted about the ‘Planet of the Apes’ poster. “Does the new Planet of the Apes poster have racially coded messages?Notice the #BlackLivesMatter symbolism. Notice the ape with the blue vest,” wrote Nasheed referencing DeRay’s blue vest. DeRay then responded.
“Given the history of rendering black people as apes, I’m offended & appalled by the lack of consciousness in Hollywood. In associating black people w/ apes, active work is being done to perpetuate the dehumanization of black ppl in mass media,” tweeted DeRay.
Shockingly, ‘The View’s’ Whoopi Goldberg was the voice of reason here. “DeRay, you need to go back and watch the 1968 original and check out what the apes were wearing. This has nothing to do with you. This was a movie about what happens when mankind doesn’t pay attention to the environment, to how we treat animals and each other. That’s what that movie was about. Get over yourself!” said Whoopi.
DeRay responded to Whoopi on twitter claiming that he no longer thinks it’s about him. “@WhoopiGoldberg, if you have something to say, I’m here. Now, with the #PlanetOfTheApes poster & toy, I was contacted by folks within Hollywood who thought there was an issue, hence those tweets. After speaking with even more people about the history of the film, I deleted the tweets,” he tweeted.