As Expected, There Are Idiots Who Find The Black Panther Trailer Racist

It’s 2017, but unsurprisingly, some corners of Twitter believe that Marvel’s Black Panther film is racist. Why, you may ask? Because they believe that a film starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and a mostly black cast, is TOO black.

Last year, Netflix’s Luke Cage caused a similar stir when it cast a proximately black cast for the Marvel property. It’s probably not a big surprise that Marvel’s other black superhero is experiencing similar reactions from moviegoers.

There clearly seems to be some confusion about the character’s history and origin. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, T’Challa, the Black Panther, is a warrior king of the African nation of Wakanda (a country loosely based on South Africa). Described as one of the smartest men in comics, he is also an Avenger and the ex-husband of X-Men’s Storm.

Forgetting the fact that the Black Panther trailer opens with two white characters discussing Wakanda, there are some folks on Twitter who just can’t deal:

The trailer starts in an interrogation in a safehouse. Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) sits across from CIA agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman). Both characters showed up in previous Marvel movies, one in Age of Ultron and the other in Civil War.

Klaue asks, “What do you know about Wakanda?”
“It’s a third world country. Textiles, shepherds, cool outfits,” Everett replies.
Klaue corrects him. “All a front. Explorers have searched for it, called it El Dorado. They looked for it in South America, but it was in Africa the whole time. I’m the only one who’s seen it and made it out alive.”

Then we see Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa take his place as king. However, trouble is brewing in the fictional African country. Maybe there are few who aren’t so happy about T’Challa taking his place on the throne.

Black Panther is in theatres Feb. 16, 2018.


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191 Comments

    • dean beyer

      It’s not racist, but a black vigilante with weapons and ties to a ancient tribe without modern technology definitely gives the black community a bad rep considering that pretty much reflects whats going on right now.

      • ThaGoddess

        “I’m not racist but, I obviously have no idea that Wakanda is the most technologically advanced country in the world. So i just plugged in racist trope instead”

        Fixed it for ya.

      • Rex

        Funny how y’all whites didn’t mind all black movies about the hood, or drug dealers & gangsters. Y’all only flip out when it’s all black & reflects a positive portrayal of us. Eddie Murphy got in trouble with boomerrang & coming to America bc he was a successful black man & royalty but no white person said shit about boys in the hood or menace to society. Yeah fuck u buckras

        • Hiri

          Well yes but why do you say is it’s positive? I mean it portrays a black society that hasn’t moved on with it’s political system since the early medieval period being ruled by a King selected from a royal lineage by physical combat. Representative democracy – nope, seems that black people aren’t socially advanced enough to invent that all by themselves. Sure it may pander to back people by showing a technologically advanced civilisation, but underneath it’s as racist as f*ck because the message is you have to leave it to white people to advance beyond tribal politics.

          • Ahmahtzyah Tawakul

            If blacks aka kush Nubians and ancient Egyptians with many temples and pyramids built by no white person on don’t you think that these ancient monuments isn’t hi tech without no white person help. Only help was knocking and dismembering the lips and noses and rubbing out all the statues and pics on the stone walls. Perhaps the movie Quest for Fire might shed some light on you. The Dogon tribe in Mali new more about the cosmos while your ancestors was in caves. That’s my nice side. I have nothing against any race to be factual. It’s idiots born every minute like yourself is evil cause you can’t find a fine black women. I know. You like those sold out negroes who make ignorant movies. Perhaps you and those who think like you should join them. Take your thumb out your ass and sit down and read if you can Black Genesis from a white man.

      • Ladybug

        Hey Dean,
        I am trying to figure out what movie you saw The advanced technology in panther was off the hook. It was mindblowingly awesome.

    • Blacklips

      DC’s blade craps on this moive,so does handcock ,Luke cage to much hype will kill a mediocre film digging your own hole,like Trump won’t win if you say it enough it might come true,f me Fridays better and more real all black cast m f.this movie is the black alt right……f….ing brill..black nazis..built the wall…so funny and s…😙

  1. Really,this much racism over a movie? Cmon people white, black, asian, or latino he’s a super hero. Wasn’t the point of all heros to show people we can have hope for something better or positive in a world that seems left with no hope? Because in this day and age we need positivity with all the bs we’re going through with the real world.

    • jimmy white

      And that would be fine accept for the fact that they changed characters that have always been White in Spiderman Homecoming, to promote racial equality, and then they go and do a 99% all Black cast in Black Panther? So wtf is that? If they left ALL characters alone and cast them as they were originally created I wouldn’t have a problem, but it seems these days the social trend in N.A has become White is inferior and black is best, and that’s B.S

      • Anna Neave

        Nonsense, maybe it is because every single movie from the dawn of time has a predominantly white cast with one or two actor(s)/actress(es), before that white people used to paint their faces black because people of color where not allowed on the silver screen. When it comes to the comic universe white people have been in all the major roles but as the world progressed so did the roles in comics so there were roles for people of color in the comics and therefore in films. As far as I know the black panther comic and the film are accurate depictions. I mean seriously lets give black folks ONE movie where they can see themselves, a movie where little kids can look up to a superhero that looks like them as white people have been able to do for decades. I see no problem with this film and in fact I am FROTHING to see it. Everyone that has an issue with a predominantly black cast should do some introspective soul searching as to why ONE movie bothers or scares them so much.

      • Nico

        Let me try to get your understanding of the Marvel cinematic universe if you please. Do you understand that all these movies, From the first ironman, Captain America, Avengers, Antman, Spiderman and Black Panther exist in the same fictional universe and are all connected and all stories feed of each other?
        The first Captain America movie was based in the Nazi era. I urge you to pull of a cast list from that.
        Secondly. If the black panther movie was set pre white people arriving in Africa would it still be a problem? Why is it a problem that there could be that one fictional country that has isolated itself from all other nations of the world including its own continent. We don’t complain that there are no Zulus in wakanda, nor Sotho people. its a movie in a secluded place, it’s the first in this series of movies we’ve seen. IronMan origin showed us how iron man came to being in his universe. Captain America origin movie also showed us how he came to being in his universe. Let the black panther initial movie show us what/how he is in his own universe. we’ve already gotten the intro in Civil War. lets move on. lets understand what Marvel Studio is trying to go in their direction. There was one or two black people in the first Thor in Asgard. it doesn’t mean that no black people are allowed there. stop with your racist bull and enjoy this whole cinematic universe.

        • Mary

          Black Panther didn’t appeal to me in Civil War and a whole movie of him doesn’t at all. Maybe it’s the pace or the style, I can not like something and not be a racist.

      • flootzavut

        That is not remotely the same thing. Know why? Because white people (of whom I am one) already have more representation in fiction than we know what to do with. If a white character is changed to be Black, Latino, etc etc, there are literally dozens more to fill the gap. If a Black character is whitewashed, then that is a significant proportion of representation that is gone and is not filled in by another character.

        (Besides that, the nature of Wakanda means that making any of the characters white would be absurd, whereas if you have a character in NYC or LA who isn’t white, that actually makes things more authentic, not less.)

        White people have been over represented on film and in all varieties of media forever. If you can’t deal with a little equality, then you’re a racist ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • flootzavut

      Sadly, probably not 😦 which is a shame, because everything I’ve seen of BP makes me think it’s gonna be a brilliant movie, and I am sad I won’t get to see it on the big screen.

  2. people need to grow up!! its 2017, i think its time to stop being racist. this movie is about a AFRICAN HERO!!! … I cannot wait for this movie coz I love Black Panther, Ryan Coogler did a amazing job from what I see. <3... I don't know why people are being racist when they will watch the movie anyway. This movie is going to be amazing!!

    • Dino

      So Thor is about Nordic gods (The whitest of white people) and two of the cast were black… but in Africa there are no white people? Fairs fair… either the moviemakers are saying that Africa is inferior to western culture by not embracing other races OR they are racist!

  3. For FUCKS SAKE! Can we just ONCE enjoy a good story and leave the Godsdamned politics outside the theater? I swear, some people aren’t happy unless they’re wallowing in manufactured misery like a dog rolling in hot roadkill

    • jimmy white

      Agreed, and that’s exactly what this movie is “manufactured misery” with an agenda 100% geared towards a social standings revolution! I’m guessing if they didn’t have to cast the 2 White people in this movie they wouldn’t have, but they did so that they claim that they weren’t racially biased.

  4. You know these are all the same guys who whined about Alamo Drafthouse having special screenings for Wonder Woman.

    (And yet won’t boycott it this weekend to continue their “solidarity” in diversity because there is a Father’s Day special.)

    • Kk

      Wtf you say don’t judge and racism is manufactured but then u blame a whole state….sick of the B’s….I was raised in Texas and was raised we we’re all equal…had girls from all cultures stay at my house and hang out…2of my closest we’re black… every person that points the finger needs to back up and realize that’s hate too asshole

  5. Trevor Moore

    It’s amusing really. If you have this reaction now, it makes you wonder what the reaction when the character was first created was like. Just get over it, the mkvie is going too be made however the director or producer wants it to be made, just shut up and deal with it. I for one would love to see this movie, the trailer was dope.

  6. Movie about an African, set in Africa is racist cus, “no white people”.

    Yea, I think it obvioys that the ones faking this out are the actual racist just taking the opportunity to remind us that pieces of filth like them still exist.

  7. White people upset at a predominantly black cast, given the movie takes place in a fictional country in AFRICA?!?

    for fuck sake… these are probably the same people who threw tantrums at the women-only screenings of wonder woman

      • pandal

        movie itself is fine enough. it’s the black “fans” going around making political statements based on the movie that annoys me, and probably most of everyone else. I see on every platform “blackness” this and “blackness” that,” if not for colonialism africa would be like wakanda”. i didn’t care about blade being black. as it was a great movie and it was not politicalized, same with luke cage, hancock or Django.

  8. 11 white people and 2 Asian I counted on IMDB just scrolling through.

    It’s a film about an African nation… set in…. Africa?

    Not read the comics but I can’t imagine a highly secretive African nation that’s secret not having many white people there.

    • Ladybug

      Hey Paul, I cannot resist this comeback, well if they were a secret society white people know where to find them now🤣

      Maybe one day we will all just be AMERICANS! Whites and Blacks labeling has really gotten old. African Americans (the ones who were U.S.A. Born and bred) have accepted a title that is just that ” a title” People born and bred in African can trace their roots to the beginning and they go home for visits and some to never return to America.

      It is a pretty poor duck that does not praise his own pond sometimes. The United States of America may not be a perfect but it is strange whenever Americans get in trouble elsewhere they blow up the phone asking for H E L P from their own country THE U. S A

  9. speaking as a stoner nationalist,..i think i can honestly say im going to enjoy this flick. course’ im a hardcore marvel fan,knowing the truth regardless. anyone who sees it as racist needs to self-educate.

  10. Every time I think one political side is more racist than the other, the second side one ups the first. It’s like a contest to see who is the most idiotic and who can come up with the most ridiculous reason to be racist.

    Not enough black people at the Oscars, too many in a movie… ugh.

  11. Just shows there are always idiots. The cast is appropriate to the back story of the character. Just like the idiots on the other side that were blasting a white iron fist. Morons everywhere

    • Odinson

      “Just shows there are always idiots. The cast is appropriate to the back story of the character. ”

      Mark Method you are an idiot. Were you complaining when they shit all over my culture by making Heimdallr black. Heimdallr who is known as the White God? They have a black Valkyrie in Thor Ragnarok? When you start realizing that race appropriate goes both ways you can open your flapping suck

    • Yeah, that Tolkien guy was a racist jerk. All his books are based off Northern European mythology and some factual history…then has the nerve to make his characters white.
      Such a dick…

      ~sarcasm font~ for the sarcastically impaired

      I love Tolkien.

  12. Hang on for a novel idea:

    Don’t give these people oxygen and they will go away. The truth is that 99.9% of people don’t give a rat’s ass. When you give credence to their “offense” then you continue to feed the beast. Just let it go, and let them be bigots in the open air. Nobody will want to be around them in real life, so they will slink back to the alt-right websites that let them talk about black and brown people are evil.

  13. I thought they’d still be sulking over the whitewashing of Dr Strange.
    Well we can take one positive from these complaints about black panther, these idiots that find offence where no offence exists are getting over their issues quicker.

    • In defense of Dr. Strange, Benedict is just plain effing awesome in anything 🙂. Who cares what color the actor is, as long as he’s awesome? Roland is white in the Stephen King books, but Idris Elba is playing him in the new movie…cuz he’s awesome!

    • Dr strange whitewashing was down to Disney using white American actors to play Asian characters.
      Dr strange is an American but the grand master is an Asian in the comics but played by a white American women.
      People moaned about Tilda’s portraying of grand master as whitewashed but I thought she played a good grand master.
      Same with Mandarin being played by white male in IM3 people moaned the they were using wrong ethnicity in that role.

  14. People always will complain. It similar to how people said Lord of Rings was racist because there was no black people. This is the same thing in reverse. Honestly people are looking for reasons to be offended

  15. Im white as fuck and i will be seeing the shit out of this movie. I thought Luke Cage was bloody mint aswell and i can’t wait for the second season. Fuck all these crybaby racist douche nozzles. These are the same fuckwits who call feminists “snowflakes”, yet bitch and moan just as much, fuckin hypocrites sound pretty god damn snowflakey to me. There all as bad as eachother, always looking for stupid shit to be offended by. Grow up FFS and realise the world isn’t just about you. Winey bitches.

  16. Ummm, I’m confused; why wouldn’t an African country, fictional or otherwise, be predominantly black? Or is it just the idea of black people ruling themselves in a high-tech utopia without white oversight a little unnerving?

  17. Wait wait wait. Black people in Africa?! Nope unrealistic! Bahahahha. How dare casting directors be authentic to characters, source material and most of all reality. Can’t wait to see this!

  18. Who thinks that? I haven’t read anybody say no bullshit like that on these comments. The movie is probably going to be one of Marvel’s best. It’s. Set in Africa, Too black?Wow, some motherfuckers really took the stupid pill.

  19. While I agree calling it racist is absurd (especially the reasoning as to why) I will say, there are parts of Africa (particularly south Africa) that have a shit ton of white people. Some parts probably even close to an even ration. So yeah. The whole “it’s in Africa argument” isn’t a good rebuttal. Now, “who gives a shit?” That’s the only real argument you need.

  20. Listen up idiots, you had millions of years to complain about this when it was comic, yet here you are, saying some dumbshit over fictional media. Get over yourself and move on

  21. O dear Thor is so racist. A white God/hero from a white religion using a white actor. Must use a black actor next time.
    A black super hero. Prince of a black people in a black county. Must use white actor next time.
    Shut the fuck up and enjoy the movies.

  22. Welp heres one where us crackers have to get off on demand because opening day movie theaters everywhere is going to have every one of em filled up with black people….and no one will know what actually happens cuz no one ever shut up during the entire movie.

  23. Only racists find it racist. Nothing in it says “anti” anything; it shows pro Black. Not only is there nothing wrong with that, but, like how Wonder Woman empowers women, Black Panther SHOULD inspire and empower.

  24. Do we really need to be talking about stupidity like this? There is hundreds of other things to be talking about. But yet again. This is is as bad as CNN and Fox News if it’s gunna be posting articles talking about other people talking

  25. I am infuriated at the lack of brown people. Obviously, there are a ton of Mexicans selling tacos in Africa and someone is just blackballing us in favor of sexy black people

  26. I have to wonder if they are only complaining to make a point because that’s all SJW do these days is whine that there isnt enough blacks in a movie or show… If people would stop making it about color every time this wouldn’t be an issue

  27. It isn’t racist; it’s realistic…being that there are Soooo many white people in Africa lol. Black Panther was amazing in Civil War; and, I’m also stoked about Danai Gurira (Walking Dead’s Michonne) playing the role of one of Black Panther’s bodyguards. There is no way that this movie will be bad. Lighten up, crackers hahaha jk.

  28. Zaid

    We live in an era when people are given permission to be stupid and proud. Look at our President!! Back in the day, two or more black people standing on a corner could get you thrown in jail, where you’d wound up on a chain gang. It was known as one of ‘Sundown Laws,’ that kept black people out of White towns. Today, it’s the movies, where 2 or more black actors is deemed too black, by those who find no problem with nearly 100 years of all white movies, devoid of black people!!! Yes, America has become, The Land of the Chronically Stupid, and Racist!!!

  29. Vasya

    It’s not racist. It’s hypocritically. Remove black persons from Asgard then, remove blacks and whites from Death Note (and bring there Japanese). Remove that ugly casting from Ghost in the Shell. Black Carl Mannerheim (The Marshal of Finland movie) – are you fucking serious xD???? People who want blacks in Bohemia in 15 century (The Witcher) – lol. Racism is nothing to do with common sense.

  30. Ash Paladium

    Edward Wallace. Why is it ok for black people to whine about no black people in Game of Thrones(even though there are)but as soon as white people do the SAME THING ansd ask why, all of a sudden it’s not ok? Just another bs liberal “Double Standard”. And you wonder why white people voted for Trump. Sick of the Double Standards. Equal is equal.

  31. Cara

    AS EXPECTED THERE ARE IDIOTS THAT FIND THE BLACK PANTHER MOVIE RACIST. Maybe they should make a movie called the KKK. The idiot is you. Anyone that goes to see this movie is promoting racism and hatred. Just walked out of THOR- RAGNAROK when I saw the preview for The Black Panthers. I could no longer sit and watch the movie. Came straight home and posted this. Pull your head out moron.
    The Black Panther Party (BPP) is a black extremist organization founded in Oakland, California in 1966. It advocated the use of violence and guerilla tactics to overthrow the U.S. government. In 1969, the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office opened an investigative file on the BPP to track its militant activities, income, and expenses. This release consists of Charlotte’s file on BPP activities from 1969 to 1976. The Black Panther Party (BPP) is a black extremist organization founded in Oakland, California in 1966. It advocated the use of violence and guerilla tactics to overthrow the U.S. government. In 1969, the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office opened an investigative file on the BPP to track its militant activities, income, and expenses. This release consists of Charlotte’s file on BPP activities from 1969 to 1976 https://vault.fbi.gov/Black%20Panther%20Party%20

    • Jayjay

      All propaganda lies made up by Edgar Hoover….. I lived Oakland….. and Patty Hearst was a lie too. She was NEVER kidnapped. Money got her out of it….

  32. Caralee

    The Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights consider the New Black Panthers to be a hate group.

    • And why do you suppose the Black Panthers existed? For the fun of it or because black people were being oppressed by a racist government and society? Black Panther the character is not related to the extremist group in any way. He is a character created by white comic book creators, like Stan Lee, who grew tired of racism in the world. This was their way of showing the world that black people can have a hero too.

      And no the film isn’t racist at all. You haven’t even seen the film yet. But already you assume the worst.

      • Cara

        I”m creating a movie and the character is called Ku Klux Klan. No political association though. —- Double standard. It’s unacceptable, period. Change the name and I could care less. The Black Panthers are an extreme hate group. Check out their party leaders on you tube. It is appalling that this was allowed.

  33. Ash Paladium

    People wonder what double standards are. I will show you one.
    It’s ok for actor John Boyega to talk out of his ass and say that “Game of Thrones” is racist and has no blacks(even though it does)Nobody is allowed to say a word about his words of stupidity.
    But it’s not ok for a white person to say that “Black Panther” is racist and doesn’t have enough whites.
    That is a double standard ladies and gentlemen. That is what people are tired of in this country. This writer wants to earn his “Please accept me black person” points.

  34. Sean

    This proves white people can’t let blacks have anything. The moment we try to have our own movies out come racist white people, claiming racism, knowing full well they’re racist. Even if Black Panther was racist and I mean if, so what.
    Out of the many films Hollywood releases yearly, how many are aimed at white audiences over black? Marvel has released how many films over the last 10 years? BP is the first one aimed at black audiences. It’s truly sad because I believe BP won’t do well at the box office no matter how good it is, why? So many whites will make sure of that, especially since they are usually the majority at theaters. Speaking of that whites need to wake up, why? It is a fact that theaters usually do well off Caucasian audiences, not so much from blacks. It’s always been like that. Theaters realize they need African American money just as much as white money.

  35. Marvin Woodstein

    Triggered snowflake “if you don’t like my movie you are Hitler reborn.” The days white guilt tripping are over. You SJW types have emptied the meaning of the word racist, so now it is hollow, like you.

  36. Kyle

    So ku klux klan should be the next Dave tire movie since now we have the black panther movie????? If I’m not mistaken black panthers were a hate group against whitey but bet your ass if ku klux klan cane out as an adventure action super hero there would be some fucking shit over that but it’s no big deal for black panther? Get a fucking clue I’m not racist but reverse the cards and it would be a huge fucking ordeal

  37. Ross Preston

    right this is fucking bullshit, it is totally racist. Can you imagine if they made a film with all most all whites, everyone would be having a fucking rage, this is stupid, if the world is equal then shouldn’t films also have equal races, the tables have now turned and now the blacks are main staring but no one is caring about that because if you do all the triigered fucks will go rage and the person will be publically ashamed, YOU ARE A RETARD

    • saltine american

      ROSS PRESTON
      blacks cry about everything and want to be in everything and take everyone’s success for themselves and push others out. can’t have all white schools and they fight tooth and nail to make sure they are int here fucking it all up and lowering gpa and changing things around but, yet they open all black schools.. they want equality but add black in front of everything to make it about themselves. “blactress” for example.

      game of thrones is taken place during white era and blacks were bitching about it saying there should have been more blacks. the dothraki should have been black they said… plz.. they just want strong positions without ever earning the right to be there.. so advanced and powerful but yet they were used as farm equipment for around 2k years by several races to this very day in muslim areas over 5m black castrated slaves yet we are the bad ones. blacks haven’t done shit and they haven’t built an enduring city in over 3k years on their own.. sticks and mud don’t tend to last long over the ages.

      don’t let these ppl fool you with this cash grab bs.

  38. shane

    Nobody should be openly called an idiot just for stating their own view.
    More bad guys getting beaten up is ok for an opinion.
    it sticks out that the waters are poisoned and if I was that guy I would be taking legal action

  39. Michael En Peters

    Blacks, whites? I don’t freaking care.. We humans behave so silly at times.. This is a freaking fictional movie, a comic book stuff.. One thing is, when you take a trip to west africa, you find more blacks than whites. When you take a trip to india, you’ll see several indians, when you go to china, you’ll spot chinese people more than any other race.. So thats just the way it is.

  40. esther

    Now some assholes who are giving accused on blank panther … fuck you and your jealously…you think black people don’t deserve all that money and fame …..

    GOD help you white people some of you deserve real hell😈

  41. Paul Marshall

    Educate me please! I have absolutely no problem with a predominately Black cast (the movie is set in a largely black location). How odd would it seem that the citizens of Wakanda are of varying ancestory. What I did have a huge problem with, was the Shuri line, “oh good another broken white boy to fix”. I understand that it is a backward tie in to a previous Marvel movie. I can’t help but think that if the skin colors were reversed in this scene about the amount of backlash and outrage that would be in place. White to black, black to white, the solution to progressing to a less racist society is not found in promulgating racism in any form. Please discuss civilly, I really want to know if I am wrong.

  42. Ladybug

    I saw the movie amd I have mixed feelings. All of the cast really did justice to their individual characters, but it was like scene after beautiful scene running into one another but no real meshing.

    If I didn’t know better I would say everyone shot seperately and somebody did some madhatter splicing.
    It was a very well plotted movie and the actors (M&F) and the settings were outstanding. It was just missing that human bonding factor in my opinion. Or ,maybe, so many renown actors in one place at the same time, took away from the minds ability to choose that which draws one in to identify with Actor (M&F )and supporting actor (M&F). It’s as if each was trying not to over shadow the other.
    There will never be another movie that can touch “The Color Purple”
    They drew each other in and they acted those parts with ease yet, each individual was not careful to consider the other person ,but gave their all to their own individual character and as a result the individual characters became a vital and needed part of the whole.
    I sure hope you all don’t have to go get blood transfusions at Mudeas.

  43. Black Panther

    I finally saw the movie. It is extremely racist! Replace the cast with all ‘pick any other color’ people it would be considered ridiculously racist.

  44. AM Jenkins

    I’m lost it was a really well made movie with a story line relevant to today and it ended on a positive note. Racism is centuries old and will never go away all we(society)can do is try to explain where each side comes from and where we go.

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