A recently article circulated social media after the release of the movie, Black Panther, detailing the connection between some of the costumes worn by the “Dora Milaje” — the all-female personal guard of the ruler of the fictional African country of Wakanda. Anthony Francisco, a Pinoy member of the film’s design team, apparently based the costumes on indigenous clothing from non-Christianized tribes of the Philippines.
As many Filipino Americans do, we shared the article with our friends. Living in the current American ethos of liberal multiculturalism, visibility, for better or for worse, becomes an aspiration for many marginalized communities. Subjected to a long history of erasure, Filipino Americans beamed with pride as this fact about Black Panther costumes hit the internet. Yet, when does this yearning for visibility go too far?
In this mini-episode, the TFAL crew discusses the recently discovered connection between Filipinos and Black Panther. Listen as they debate the merits of this factoid about the movie’s costumes. Are Filipinos over-reaching? Is recognition from mainstream society necessary? Are the arguments valid? Or is Joe (surprise, surprise) just drinking haterade?
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