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Chadwick Boseman was bullied while suffering from cancer

Everywhere Boseman went, he’d be forced by fans to do the Wakanda Forever salute—arms crossed on the chest pose—which many have pointed out made him apathetic to do it.

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

A representative confirmed his passing on Twitter saying that the wide-ranging performer succumbed to colon cancer after a four-year battle.

He died in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side.

It was in 2016 when he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer, which means he was working while suffering from it.

Movie critics have said that Black Panther is one of the best movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This was Boseman’s big break and his popularity skyrocketed.

Everywhere Boseman went, he’d be forced by fans to do the Wakanda Forever salute—arms crossed on the chest pose—which many have pointed out made him apathetic to do it.

At the premiere of The Avengers: Infinity War, Boseman did the pose with his fans but seemed less ‘enthusiastic.’

The photo eventually became a huge meme.

Maybe the attention he received was a little too much that he just got tired of it.

Boseman has admitted to Jimmy Kimmel that “If I don’t want to do it [Wakanda Forever Salute], I have to not leave the house, pretty much.”

“I’ve been chased in cars,” he added.

People never thought that maybe the reason he looked sick and tired in various appearances was because of his colon cancer, which was only publicized after his demise. They did not know what the actor was going through yet they bullied him on social media.

His co-star in the movie Michael B. Jordan said that he didn’t even bother doing the pose even when fans would ask him to do it.

Last April 16, Boseman’s Instagram video about Operation 42, an initiative aiming to provide support to hospitals that cater African-American communities amid the pandemic, had fans worried as the actor looked significantly thin.

“I am hearing stories of desperation from people all over the country, and we know our communities are suffering the most and urgently need help. Celebrating #JackieRobinsonDay with the launch of Thomas Tull’s #Operation42, a donation of 4.2 million dollars in personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals that service the African American Communities who have been hit the hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Thank you, Jackie, for refusing to accept the world as it is, for showing us that we can make a difference,” he wrote.

It was pointed out that Boseman didn’t look like his normal self. Some asked whether he intentionally lost weight for an upcoming role, but his representatives never answered any of the questions.

Fans are nothing short of grateful that Boseman was able to deliver top-notch performances even with cancer.

One hopes Marvel would realize that Boseman is ‘irreplaceable.’

Boseman’s work ethic was probably unprecedented.

He cried during a 2018 appearance on SiriusXM while talking about two children who were waiting to watch Black Panther but sadly died of cancer before the movie was released. At the time, he already knew about his condition.

His upcoming movies included “Black Panther II,” “Yasuke,”  Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” where he plays Vietnam war veteran.

He will also be appearing in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” starring Viola Davis.

He last tweeted on August 12, where he posted a photo of himself with Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, whom conservatives view as ‘phony’ and a ‘very unlikeable’ person.


Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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