BLM activist/brand DeRay Mckesson, who seems to wear a blue down vest all summer as his trademark, is not at all happy that this week’s new Planet of the Apes movie features a blue down vest-wearing character named Bad Ape.
And DeRay hasn’t gotten a penny (yet).
Yes, this was limp-fisted DeRay’s real tweet.
Planet of the Apes fans, however, have responded that DeRay should owe royalties instead for ripping off his blue quilted vest Look from the gorilla soldiers in the original Planet of the Apes movies.
Here are some toys modeled on the classic actors-in-ape-suits originals.
They are available
wherever plastic crud is sold exclusively at Toys-R-Us:
In contrast, Sammy Davis Jr. thought the 1968 original Planet of the Apes was the best race metaphor movie ever.
Sammy died $5 million in debt to the IRS. So his widow gave the feds permission, despite its no doubt significant sentimental value to her, to haul away the giant plastic monkey statue and see what they could get for it at auction ($2,500, as it turned out).
Now that I think about it, that $2,500 is rightfully DeRay’s.
The first Planet of the Apes reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011, had a smart script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. But a different team took over the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and dumbed it down, so I’m not too optimistic about 2017′s War For the Planet of the Apes.
But, we’ll see.