Actor/musician/director/producer Donald Glover has apparently tweeted a 15-page Deadpool script as a “response” to news that FX cancelled his animated series based on the character.
Attached to a tweet that began with “for the record: i wasn’t too busy to work on Deadpool,” the script details the superhero’s adventures in Africa protecting the last male northern white rhino. Some choice bits:
All I said was Marvel was trying to sell toys to seven-year-old boys and 50-year-old pedophiles.
Do you think they canceled the show…cause of racism?!
All the writers were black. And the references were pretty black, too. I heard they went over the lunch budget ordering Jamaican food at least once a week.
It just feels like everyone wants something different, but no one wants to do anything different to get it. Doesn’t Marvel have enough feel-good minority shows everyone supports but doesn’t watch? I mean, I think our show woulda been funny.
This is all pretty much what I suspected when I first reported the story earlier in the week…basically, that Fox decided to go with a very “standard” Marvel Studios-type approach with Deadpool as a franchise property, which took all the edgy stuff off the table.
Now…was racism specifically involved here? With the extreme success of Black Panther, wouldn’t Fox want to have a more diverse creators working on their superhero stuff?
And so here is the secret about all that, in terms of how these studios and corporations think: having an all-black team for Black Panther was “fine” because it was considered a “black property.”
BUT…Deadpool is considered (at least by the executives) to be a property mostly for white dudes. And that is why this all happened with Glover. It is very shitty. But this is how they think in Hollywood. I would bet money that they were afraid having a creative team of color would “brand” Deadpool as a “black property.”
And what will happen is that Glover tweeting out this script will get him more labelled as “difficult” and “weird”—whereas a white “brilliant asshole” showrunner like, say, Dan Harmon could have gotten away with it as, you know, “brilliant” (though…maybe not so much anymore).
Like I said: a shitty situation, and Glover called it like he saw it.