A Twitter Q&A with Ta-Nehisi Coates turned hilarious on Wednesday. The Between the World and Me author and MacArthur Genius answered fans' questions about his upcoming Black Panther reboot. While he was at it, Coates took the time to make a few well-placed jokes about everything from the Kardashian husbands to Wu-Tang.
But one fan in particular wasn't happy with Coates' lightheartedness. Clearly not in on the joke, he voiced his misgivings about the state of Black Panther, and that's when things got even funnier. As usually happens when someone's obtuse, everyone who knows the jokester is, well, joking helped escalate the situation into the upper echelons of tongue-in-cheek humor that verged on satire with their own ridiculous questions.
What makes this truly hilarious is that someone thought Coates, of all people, was supporting an "ahistorical narrative regarding Africa/slavery." This is the guy who wrote "The Case for Reparations," OK? He's a journalism rockstar, one of the biggest and most recognizable speakers on race relations today. No one could reasonably believe that Coates' comments were anything other than jokes — hence, the complete lack of backlash from 99.99 percent of Twitter commenters.
Here are the highlights from the Black Panther Q&A.