"A few minutes into the movie they make Will Smith's character say 'Fairy lives don’t matter,'" Chance lamented via tweet.
The artist took to Twitter Tuesday night with his beef, sparking a debate with his followers over the David Ayer-directed action movie co-starring Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace
"Wondering how you guys are feeling about the lynched orc in 'Bright,'" he tweeted to kick off the conversation.
Chance presented a reasoned argument about the difference between racial allegory in fiction and the reality that people of color live under every day in the United States.
I always feel a lil cheated when I see allegorical racism in movies cause that racism usually stems from human emotion or tolerance but not by law or systems the way it is in real life. The characters in #Bright live in a timeline where racism is gone... cause we hate ork now 🤨— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 27, 2017
That's not to say that no allegorical stories have explored systemic racism as it applies to the minority entities in those stories. Even Marvel's X-Men, possibly the most famous example of racial allegory, have dealt with mutant registration and other forms of legalized discrimination. The idea that human-on-human racism can be "cured" by finding another species to hate instead does seem a little naive, though.
One user challenged the notion that "Bright" was allegorical at all, but Chance was quick to refute that with seemingly indisputable evidence.
I tried to look at it that way but a few minutes into the movie they make wills character say “Fairy Lives don’t Matter” https://t.co/j721N38cdR— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 27, 2017
"Bright" explores a world where mythical creatures have always been around, co-existing uncomfortably with humanity. Orcs, elves, and humans are fresh off of a thousands-year war. With tensions between the races simmering, an orc decides to join the police academy, much to the dismay of humans and orcs alike.
As allegory, it's pretty ham-fisted, recalling infamous firsts as African-Americans made inroads into white schools and industries in the early- and mid-20th Century. Critics called it a failure as social commentary, with some saying it's the worst film of the year, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The film's critical score sits at 31 percent on the review aggregator, while fans liked it, scoring it at 89 percent.
I found the way they tried to illustrate americas racism through the mythical creatures to be a little shallow. #Brightmovie— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 27, 2017
So count Chance the Rapper among the film's detractors. But despite all of the hate, Netflix has already greenlit a sequel.