Donald Glover as Spider-Man? Like Spidey, the online campaign gains traction [UPDATED]
Donald Glover may or may not have Spidey sense, but the actor-writer's already proved one thing over the weekend: He definitely has business sense.
Responding to the report last week that cited the five actors said to be in the running for Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot, io9's Marc Bernardin wrote a short, pointed piece titled: "The last thing Spider-Man should be is another white guy." And responding to Bernardin's lament, the commenter "Rootadoo" wrote: "May I suggest one Mr. Donald Glover?"
From those seven radioactive words, a campaign was born.
A post on Glover's website IAmDonald.com says: "I'm putting myself in the running for the Spiderman reboot. I'm actually quite interested to see how far this goes. If this happens, I'll buy each and every one of you a mini cooper."
And a post on his reported Twitterfeed MrDonaldGlover said: "@io9 wrote a post about casting a non-white #Spiderman for the reboot. some1 suggested @MrDonaldGlover. I agree with this." Minutes later was posted: "You guys are awesome! Retweet. Someone start a facebook page."
Aye-aye, potential Spidey. The Facebook page created by Michelle Vargas soon had more than 3,500 supporters.
"I immediately went to Facebook and searched the groups to see if anyone had done [a Facebook page] yet. They hadn't," Vargas tells Comic Riffs. "I've never started one before, so I went for it, and quickly shot Donald a link to the page via Twitter. I must have been the first one, because he re-tweeted me (@Smush21) right away."
"Other than his re-tweet, I haven't corresponded with him directly," says Vargas, a Brooklyn-based comedian who adds that she's seen Glover perform live with his group "Derrick" a handful of times. "I've always admired him, and when he got the role on 'Community,' I watched the show solely because of him," she says.
io9's Bernardin supports Glover -- but he sees a larger issue at hand.
"I'm all for Donald's campaign -- he's a talented dude who'd kill it as Peter Parker," Bernardin tells Comic Riffs. "But I think there are lots of talented dudes who'd kill it that we haven't heard from yet. That was the point of my article: Not that Spider-Man should be black, or Latino, or Asian, but that to ask the question, Why isn't Sony willing to even entertain the possibility, especially since none of their candidates bring anything to the table save handsomeness and youth? Let's have the conversation."
As for the response to his editorial, Bernardin says it "has been pretty much what you'd expect from a post that brings both race and beloved geek icons to the fore: both encouraging and demoralizing."
"A decent chunk of the comments I've seen on the piece have been refreshingly open-minded," he says. "Some have been from staunch traditionalists: 'Keep to the letter of the law: Spider-Man has always been white and always should be white.' Which, for the record, is fine. I understand, And others have taken the opportunity to either accuse me of being a racist, or make racist comments veiled as 'humor.' To which I say, that's the beauty of free speech -- allowing the dumb people the opportunity to prove it in public."
Meanwhile, Glover's own campaign continues to gain traction.
The hashtag Donald4Spiderman became a trending topic Monday night after @MrDonaldGlover -- which has more than 30,000 followers -- began calling for "Twitter-bombs" to multiply the hashtag like Tribbles. (Another Twitter-bomb is planned for tonight at 9:30 ET.) Over at CBS, host Craig Ferguson (@craigyferg) was among those who supported the campaign via Twitter.
And to clarify matters, @MrDonaldGlover tweeted: "Some people are mistaken. I don't want to just be given the role. I want to be able to audition. I truly love Spider-Man."
And thousands of Glover fans obviously truly love this campaign.
Somewhere, Betty White would be proud.
What do you think of Glover as Spider-Man/Peter Parker? Feel free to fire away below.
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Categories: Geek Buzz, Superheroes | Tags: Donald Glover, Marc Webb, Spider-Man, Stan Lee
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