Diddy says ‘Black Panther’ was a ‘cruel experiment’

The star wasn't as impressed by the movie as everyone else

Diddy has called Black Panther a “cruel experiment”, despite the acclaim the movie has received for improving representation in Hollywood.

The Marvel movie featured a predominantly black cast, including Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, and more.

While the film’s representative nature has been widely applauded, Diddy wasn’t as impressed with it. “Black Panther was a cruel experiment,” he told Variety. “We live in 2018 and it’s the first time that the film industry gave us a fair playing field on a worldwide blockbuster, and the hundreds of millions it takes to make it,” he said.


The musician, whose real name is Sean Combs, added that black creatives “over-deliver” when given the resources. “We only get 5 percent of the venture capital invested in things that are black-owned – black-owned businesses, black-owned ideas, black-owned IP,” he said. “You can’t do anything without that money, without resources. But when we do get the resources, we over-deliver.

“When Adidas invests in Kanye and it’s done properly, you have the right results,” he continued. “When Live Nation invests in artists and puts them in arenas the same way U2 would be, you have the right results. Black Panther, Black-ish, fashion; it’s all about access. If you’re blocked out of the resources, you can’t compete. And that’s my whole thing – to be able to come and compete.”

Meanwhile, Marvel boss Kevin Feige has revealed he is hoping for Oscars recognition for Black Panther. “I think there are a lot of amazing artists that helped to make that movie,” he said. “It would be wonderful if they could be recognised.” He added that the superhero genre is often overlooked at such awards ceremonies.