The tweet in which the death of the actor Chadwick Boseman was announced, has produced the most likes ever. The message on Boseman’s account has been labeled 6.5 million times and retweeted 3 million times. “With immeasurable sadness we confirm the death of Chadwick Boseman”, the text read. “In 2016 Chadwick has been diagnosed with bowel cancer. For the last four years, he’s been fighting it while it’s gotten worse.”
The tweet broke the old record of former president Barack Obama. In 2017, on the day a car drove into Charlottesville to demonstrate against racism, he posted a statement by Nelson Mandela: “No one is born with hatred for other people because of their skin color, their background or their religion That message got 4.3 million likes.
Boseman (43) was best known for his role as superhero Black Panther in the Marvel films. After being diagnosed with bowel cancer, he continued to act, even in periods when he was undergoing surgery and chemotherapy.
Superhero: not only on the canvas
Film scientist Dan Hassler-Forest of Utrecht University told the CCeit earlier that Boseman played an important role in film history; he showed Hollywood that you can make a lot of money with films starring black actors.
For many black filmmakers Boseman was a source of inspiration. Also for Emmanuel Adjei. He calls him a real life superhero