British Airways’ In-Flight Magazine Thinks Lupita Nyong’o Is From Wakanda, the Fictional Setting of Black Panther
British Airways’ in-flight magazine, High Life, recently ran a round-up of best-dressed celebrities. Being a publication centered around travel, they included the home town of each celebrity. For Lupita Nyong’o, they seemed to think that town was Wakanda.
The British Airways in flight magazine really thinks Lupita Nyong’o is from Wakanda. pic.twitter.com/Pjnytkf68A
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) September 4, 2017
If you, like the writer/editor/everyone else who let this make it to print, are somehow unfamiliar, Wakanda is not a real place. Not even a little. It’s the fictional nation ruled by T’Challa, aka Black Panther–a completely made up place in the Marvel Universe.
You might think that someone would have noticed that Wakanda doesn’t exist, given that they–again–are a travel publication.
Wakanda is lovely this time of year
— AG (@5horizns) September 5, 2017
Does this mean that British Airways flies to Wakanda because I would happily book that transreality flight https://t.co/yovBlzfEBE
— Robin Hitchcock (@HitchDied) September 5, 2017
White people: we know places in Africa! There’s Pride Rock, Wakanda, Africa Near, Africa Far, Africa Wherever you are! We bless the rains https://t.co/iK9s5zICpx
— ⚡️Nea Odinson⚡️ (@agentcutiepie) September 5, 2017
Of course, if we’re gonna throw around fictional homelands…
Those idiots… everyone knows she’s from Zamunda
— Steve (@uber_steve) September 5, 2017
— Sorry For Shouting (@CraigWCostelloe) September 4, 2017
Nyong’o will be co-starring in the upcoming Black Panther movie, as a citizen of Wakanda. But it’s fine, I’m sure they made the same mistake with Chris Hemsworth of Asgard, right? Or Daisy Ridley of Jakku?
Let’s make sure we’re all on the same page: Wakanda is fictional, Kenya (where Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o grew up, though she was born in Mexico City) is real, and–while we’re at it, just because this bit of ignorance simply will not die–Africa is not a country.
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