President Donald Trump’s reported remarks last week that he had called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” at a bipartisan meeting on immigration may have sparked a firestorm.
But now a Los Angeles-based writer has challenged journalists to ask Trump on his opinion of US relations with the kingdom of Wakanda.
Now before anyone think this to be a legitimate question, Wakanda is a fictional country created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as the home of T’Challa aka the Black Panther.
Wakanda made its debut in Marvel’s Fantastic Four #52 in 1996, and is supposedly situated in north-eastern Africa.
Trump has been known in the past to be unfamiliar with African nations too. Remember his Nambia gaffe?
Trump, at a lunch with African leaders, refers to the non-existent country of “Nambia.” pic.twitter.com/N8megnC1Xi
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 20, 2017
Writer Sara Benincasa wasted no time to play on this by offering $300 to any journalist who asks Trump the Wakanda question and to record his answer on video.
Her tweet sparked a flurry of replies including other requests on the social media platform.
More Marvel references were thrown in, as well as ones from 1988 film Coming To America which starred Eddie Murphy as the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda.
I am offering $300 to the journalist who very seriously asks Trump his opinion on our nation’s relations with Wakanda and gets the question and answer recorded live on video. I know $300 doesn’t sound like a lot to some people but I also know what most reporters make so…$300.
— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) January 13, 2018
If you follow this up with a question (that he answers) about whether Wakandan/American relations are complicated by them granting asylum to the terrorist fugitive James Buchanan Barnes, I will double the offer. https://t.co/tUxrI0qcYS
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) January 13, 2018
I’ll add an extra hundred if a reporter not only asks about wanted terrorist James Buchanan Barnes, but also inquires about Wakanda’s harboring of known war criminal Captain Steve Rogers. https://t.co/cSFnFipWg6
— Hux² (@AudleyZDarke) January 13, 2018
I love @SaraJBenincasa ‘s idea. I’d love to get Trump’s opinion on countries like Wakanda & Zamunda. Does he have a good relationship with king Jaffe Joffer? Who is the ambassador to Wakanda? Do we have an embassy there? Does Trump even know? These questions keep me up at night.
— MVP (@The305MVP) January 14, 2018
Some celebrities got in on the fun too, including American DJ Diplo, who is a member of electronic music group Major Lazer.
Donald Trump never been to Wakanda tho
— dip (@diplo) January 14, 2018
Incidentally, Marvel’s Black Panther film opens in Singapore on Feb 15.