Chadwick Boseman Was Body-Shamed And Called ‘Crack Panther’ While He Battled Cancer
Actor Chadwick Boseman recently passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He had kept his diagnosis to himself while he continued to film movies like Black Panther.
Sadly, Chadwick faced body shaming during his cancer battle, from people who had no idea that his weight loss was related to illness. Cruel tweets have resurfaced on social media in the days since his death.
Chadwick Boseman Body Shamed During Cancer Battle
In April, Chadwick posted an IGTV video talking about Operation 42, which donated medical supplies to Black communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video caused a lot of conversation, as people noticed how thin Chadwick looked.
Some of the comments expressed concern about Chadwick’s health, while others simply made jokes at his expense. That includes tweets calling him “Crack Panther,” a play on his iconic role. Chadwick reportedly hid photos from his feed and turned off comments.
After Chadwick’s death, social media was reminded of these cruel comments about his appearance. People called out the body-shamers who had made jokes about his weight loss.
Some pointed out that you never know what someone is going through in private, while others argued that it shouldn’t matter if someone is fighting an illness or not — mocking their appearance is never okay.
Chadwick’s Death Has Deeply Affected Fans
On August 28, Chadwick Boseman’s Twitter account posted a message announcing the actor’s death. The post explained that he had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and that the disease had progressed to stage IV.
Chadwick, who was 43, passed away at home with his family by his side. The post thanked fans for their “love and support,” and asked that they respect his family’s privacy at this difficult time.
The actor’s death came as a shock to many fans, as well as Chadwick’s colleagues in Hollywood. “Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever,” Marvel Studios said in an Instagram statement.