Fans then accuse Bank of America of “racism.” Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler was mistaken for a robber when he tried to withdraw money from his own account at an Atlanta branch.
The 35-year-old filmmaker was arrested by Atlanta police in January after a bank teller mistakenly thought he was committing a robbery.
Coogler walked into the bank wearing sunglasses and a face mask and handed the teller a slip of paper with a note on the back.
That comes from a police report TMZ, the note read: “I would like to withdraw $12,000 (£9,000) in cash from my checking account. Please do the money count elsewhere. I want to be discreet.”
The cashier – who was allegedly a pregnant black woman, according to multiple media reports citing a police report – believed a robbery was taking place. When police arrived, they handcuffed Coogler and two other people before letting them all go.
The police report allegedly states that as the teller made the transaction on his computer, an alarm went off and he notified his boss that a robbery was taking place.
Black Panther Fans are “outraged” by Bank of America’s action.
“I don’t even know what to say other than ‘fucking racism,'” one person wrote. “Shame on Bank of America.”
Another person added: “Black people in this goddamn country can’t withdraw money from their own accounts without being labeled as criminals. i hate it here Fuck this goddamn place.”
Another user wrote: “The Ryan Coogler situation is a perfect example of why the people who think class is a much more important consideration than race have no idea what they are talking about. Wealth does not protect blacks from racism.”
“Bank of America should never have done this to Ryan Coogler…racist shit,” wrote another fan.
Coogler was in Atlanta for the filming of Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverthe continuation of the record Black Panther.
Production of the Marvel film has been plagued by complications, including an injury to Letitia Wright, who reprises her role as Shuri, and a controversy over her Covid-19 vaccine post. Wright deleted her Twitter account in 2020 after being criticized for sharing an anti-vaccination video.
After the incident took place, Coogler recounted TMZ: “This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America worked with me and resolved it to my satisfaction, and we moved on.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/black-panther-ryan-coogler-bank-of-america-robber-b2032612.html Ryan Coogler: Fans accuse Bank of America of ‘racism’ after Black Panther director’s robbery fiasco