Activist DeRay Mckesson thought an ape in War for the Planet of the Apes was made in his image, but that appears not to be the case.
Earlier this month, activist DeRay Mckesson unexpectedly found himself at the center of a controversy and it stemmed from the unlikeliest of places — the new War for the Planet of the Apes film.
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Mckesson took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with the film because he thought one of the apes in the film, specifically Bad Ape, was made in his image. The animal donned a blue vest — an item of clothing that has become synonymous with Mckesson’s brand.
In a since-deleted tweet, Mckesson stated, “Given the history of rendering black people as apes, I'm offended and appalled by the lack of consciousness in Hollywood.”
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