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CIA posts weird-as-heck tweet about ‘Black Panther’

Why does the CIA keep trying to be cool on Twitter?


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 25, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 6:24 pm CDT

The CIA‘s official Twitter account continues to be a weird phenomenon.

At best, you’d think the Central Intelligence Agency’s supporters would want people to take the agency seriously. At worst, the CIA has been embroiled in numerous scandals involving torture, human rights abuses, and domestic wiretapping. But in an apparent attempt to humanize this image, the CIA’s Twitter feed is hell-bent on making lighthearted millennial jokes. During the Oscars, that meant posting a corny poll about vibranium, the fictional metal from Black Panther.

It’s a little concerning that a full 28 percent of responders apparently thought that vibranium—an alien metal that defies the laws of physics—is either real or based on a real substance. Hopefully they were kidding. Either way, we can safely assume that Black Panther’s creators probably wouldn’t be wild about a CIA endorsement, considering the film’s strong anti-colonialist themes and stance on American imperialism.

On a more positive note, Black Panther secured three exciting wins at the Oscars: costume design, production design, and original score.


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*First Published: Feb 25, 2019, 7:51 am CST