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It took him a couple of days, but Sylvester Stallone says that he’s sorry for failing to thank Creed director Ryan Coogler and his costar Michael B. Jordan during his televised acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor at Sunday night’s Golden Globes.
As you may recall, Stallone thanked pretty much everyone from his wife to his “imaginary friend, Rocky” during his speech. However, he conveniently forgot to mention his black director and black costar, who basically made the movie.
According to THR, Stallone ran back on stage to thank Coogler and Jordan after the cameras stopped rolling, but many already felt that the damage had been done. I mean, how do you forget your director and costar who are sitting directly in your face?
#waitwaitwait, Ryan Coogler & Michael B Jordan, Thanks for acting with me!!! Loved Sly but…
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) January 11, 2016
General consensus… Caught up in the moment. I'm good with that, ok?!Off camera thanks, works!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) January 11, 2016
Anyway, after is was brought to his attention on social media by Samuel L. Jackson, Ava DuVernay and countless others, Stallone eventually got around to addressing the blunder.
I loved the performance @TheSlyStallone, You killed It! I know you love those guys!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) January 12, 2016
Although the Michael B. Jordan-led film, Creed, did not come in at number one at the weekend box office, the boxing drama did experience a victory.
According to The Wrap, the Ryan Coogler-directed movie made history with the highest grossing opening in the 39-year-old, six-sequel franchise. The Rocky reboot came in at number 3, racking up a whopping $42.6 million in ticket sales in the first five days and $30.1 million in the first three. Considering that the budget for the MGM/New Line Cinema installment was $35 million, we’d say that the film was pretty successful.
I did get a chance to check out Creed over the holiday weekend and while I’m not into boxing movies—like at all—I have to admit that I was thoroughly entertained. The storyline tugged at my heartstrings and kept my attention, which made sitting through the graphic, cringe-worthy, and high definition fight scenes worth it.
Did you see Creed this weekend? What did you think?
Last September, Michael B. Jordan found himself in the hot seat with many of his fans (read: Black women) following some questionable comments he made during a recent GQ interview. You can read all about them here, but to sum things up, he singled out Black fans over the backlash he received when people believed that he was dating Kendell Jenner. Fans were also pretty upset over his misuse of the term “female.” Thursday, the Creed actor stopped by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club to clear the air and set the record straight. Peep some highlights from his interview below.
On Kendall Jenner dating rumors:
“I got caught in the frame of the same picture. It’s so weird when you’re walking out of the club or walking somewhere, and you get caught in a picture, and then all of a sudden, y’all dating. Why is that? I didn’t even know who she was that night.”
On Black women:
“I love my sisters out there. Let’s not get it confused.”
On rumors that he’s not here for Black women:
“Isn’t that crazy? That’s ridiculous, I got a strong Black woman: my mother, my sister. I’m emerged in my community. I love my people. It’s unreal how quick people can try to flip on you and try to strip you down and make you into something that you’re not based off of a misquote or somebody’s words—or somebody else’s tweet.”
On making mistakes:
“A lot is happening so fast, and there’s no blueprint for it, so I’m going to make some mistakes. I’m going to say some things that I probably shouldn’t have said—or some things that I say may be taken out of context. I’m just asking everybody to grow with me like they have been growing with me for the past twelve years. Keep it up.”
On misusing the term “female” and his open letter:
“Obviously, there were some people out there who were definitely offended. I had to address a lot of different things because that [GQ] article caused a lot of drama, so I just wanted to set the record straight on everything, and that’s something I definitely wanted to address. But personally, I found it confusing.”
Watch Michael’s full interview on the next page.
Being a celebrity in 2015 is a lot different than it was 20 years ago. Heck, even 10 years ago. Today, the Internet and social media play a significant role in growing, maintaining or burning to the ground a public figure’s fanbase. With so much personal information accessible and often provided to the public, a celebrity has to be careful with their words. Even when they mean no harm, they can inadvertently share an opinion that might be unpopular or even downright ugly.
In the last few years, we’ve all become familiar with the cycle. In an interview/tweet/rant, a notable figure either talks out of turn, shares an unpopular opinion, or speaks before thinking. Hours later, an apology will be issued on their behalf after being side-eyed at best, or dragged at the worst, by the public. This often happens, leaving people shocked, appalled and unforgiving when someone on TV, radio, or film puts their foot in their mouths. At this point, it’s assumed that these filthy rich folks know better, so they should do better.
Recently, we’ve seen the public turn on Matt Damon, who has enraged fans twice in the last month. First, when he tried to explain diversity to Effie Brown, a successful Black producer, and just last week when he suggested that gay actors would have more success if they stayed in the closet. People were pissed. After the diversity comments, Damon issued this apology:
“I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies. I love making movies. It’s what I have chosen to do with my life and I want every young person watching ‘Project Greenlight’ to believe that filmmaking is a viable form of creative expression for them too.
My comments were part of a much broader conversation about diversity in Hollywood and the fundamental nature of ‘Project Greenlight’ which did not make the show. I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.”
After his apology, people continued to rage because he apologized for offending “some,” rather than for what he said. Would those same individuals have been pleased if he had issued this apology?
“I’m so sorry for the comments I have made. I believe in diversity and am committed to hiring diverse people in casting as well as on the crew.”
Nope. He would have been accused of just saying any ol’ thing to get us off his back and into the theater to see The Martian. He spoke what he felt to be the truth. And while he was hoping that people would respect the fact that he actually stood by his comments instead of running away from them as many do, Damon was further reprimanded.
I’m not sure there’s a way to please everyone once your words have sparked outrage. At this point, is there anything someone in the limelight can say to make amends to the public after they’ve said something regrettable? Is there a way to get that bad taste out of your mouth?
It doesn’t seem like it. Just ask Michael B. Jordan, who people laid into after comments he made in a recent interview with GQ.
“I told my team after I finished ‘Chronicle’ that I only want to go out for roles that were written for White characters. Me playing the role will make it what it is.”
In essence, the actor, who became widely known for portraying Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station, is not trying to play Black characters. This resonated poorly with the public, who took it as Jordan turning his back on his community.
He then went on to comment on his Black fans and their anger with him over unfounded rumors that he was dating Kendall Jenner.
“They see White and Black. I don’t. Kendall’s a friend of mine, you know. I don’t know her, like, that well, but I know her enough. People’s perspective on that is what it is. I don’t f**king know. I don’t live my life to make other people happy. It’s so weird, though, right? A lot of Black fans were feeling like, ‘Oh, my God, he should have been with a Black woman’ and that whole thing. I get it, but on the other hand it’s, like, relax. You know—it’s 2015. It’s okay! People can like one another, not necessarily from the same history or culture or whatever the f**k it is. It’s just the new world, you know what I mean?”
Claiming color blindness is never going to sit well with people.
Later in the interview, Jordan went on to dig a bigger hole for himself, referring to women as “females” whom he has been emotionally unavailable for. Needless to say, when this trinity of questionable statements hit the web, Black Twitter joined together to rip him a new one. In no time flat, Jordan issued the most eloquent apology he could.
When it reached the masses, many rejected it, stating that it was written by his PR team and was simply damage control in preparation for the press run for his new movie, Creed. Jordan hasn’t said anything about the matter since, and that’s probably because he knows there’s no point. Especially when responses to his apology drew comments like “He’s full of sh*t. He threw black woman under the bus,” and “The damage is done. Once you reveal yourself to be “lost” you’re thrown in the bushes by black women (and rightly so).” People have made up their minds. They’re upset with him, and there’s nothing he can do about it at this point.
People say stupid things, articles get edited for shock value, words get taken out of context–these things happen. We are in an outrage culture, and some of the outrage is justified. But at times, I think we take glee in dragging people for their opinions, and we put them on public trial for their word crimes. Jordan offered a gracious and seemingly genuine apology. He acknowledged the vitriol behind his statements, apologized to his fanbase, and stated his intentions to do better because he understands that words have power.
To me, his apology was top notch and it allows me to move on from putting him in the box of celebs who I don’t see it for anymore. For now, it’s water under the bridge. And while I didn’t agree with Damon’s comments either, his apology was enough for me to lower my raised eyebrow. To be rid of rage.
They’re both human.
Despite the criticism we throw their way, celebrities are complex people too. They say regrettable things at times. They may even say vicious things that they truly believe in. Just like the rest of us. We will always be let down when we put them on a pedestal and expect flawlessness that they can never deliver. So while their honesty can be jarring at times, it’s something I would prefer.
This has been a pretty rough week for the #MCM of many a.k.a. talented and equally handsome thespian, Michael B. Jordan.
What was supposed to be a great reveal of his GQ cover story Tuesday (Sept. 22), as he opened up about growing up on the east coast, Kendall Jenner dating rumors, and being Black in Hollywood, had many giving the 28-year-old side eyes. And when an alleged Snapchat sent by Jordan with an “All Lives Matter” message began to gain traction with numerous reports, things went complete left.
Yesterday (Sept. 25) night, Jordan penned an open letter given exclusively to ESSENCE, in which he clarifies the statements from his controversial cover story. In the letter, he begins by assuring readers that he’s in full support of the #BlackLivesMatter and has always been.”It is frustrating to see a false claim stirred up on social media which has caused my supporters to question where I stand on this crucial issue. But I am confident that my history and continued engagement with my community will speak louder than unfounded rumors,” he wrote.
Jordan also goes on to address to female fans, as well as race in Hollywood.
Read his full letter below:
I have been a professional actor for most of my life, but being regarded as a leading man is new to me and has taken some getting used to. Recently I had the opportunity to be featured on the cover of one of my favorite magazines. In the interview, several points that I shared were communicated in ways that do not reflect my true feelings and opinions. In addition, there were reports written about me elsewhere that simply aren’t true. I’d like to set the record straight.
First and foremost, I believe that Black Lives Matter – unequivocally and without exception. I have never said, written, snapchatted, tweeted, Instagrammed or implied anything to the contrary. Any report that states otherwise is a complete fabrication. I portrayed Oscar Grant in my first leading role in a feature film, Fruitvale Station. I am a founding member of the Blackout for Human Rights Network. I gave a speech just a few months ago on the importance of the Black Lives Matter Movement at the BET Awards. It is frustrating to see a false claim stirred up on social media which has caused my supporters to question where I stand on this crucial issue. But I am confident that my history and continued engagement with my community will speak louder than unfounded rumors.
Secondly, it is challenging to have a nuanced conversation about race and Hollywood period. This sensitive subject becomes even more complicated when you’re dealing with soundbites and articles. A simple idea or opinion can be abbreviated and distorted as it is communicated to readers out of context. Allow me to be clear about my ideas on roles traditionally reserved for White actors. My goal is for my choices and opportunities, as well as those of my fellow actors and actresses of color, to be predicated on our talent, ability and passion and not on false notions of what color an artist must be to play certain roles. I’ve had the honor to portray Black characters written and directed by Black filmmakers—a privilege that too few actors of color enjoy because of the challenges of Black artistry and access behind the camera. But in addition to those wonderful roles, I also want to have the option to play all kinds of parts with no door closed to actors and actresses like myself.
Lastly, my fans who are women mean the world to me. This is especially true of Black women, who as a group have supported my work long before the industry knew my name. I deeply regret and am ashamed that I said anything to disappoint or disparage them. I apologize with my whole heart for referring to women in the way that I did. The word ‘female’ used in the manner that I did is dismissive and strips women of their humanity. It is a slang term that guys sometimes use to sound slick and cool coming up. But words have power and I realize now more than ever that this careless language is dehumanizing, inappropriate, and immature. I’m a better man than that. This reference to women will not come out of my mouth publicly or in private again.
In all, although some of what I said was taken out of context, I take full responsibility for the interview and I apologize for the hurt and confusion it has caused. This has been an important lesson for me. I humbly ask my fans to grow with me, as I learn more about myself and this industry.
Bae is trending on Twitter right now, but it’s likely not because of how fine he looks on the cover of GQ. People (read: Black folks) are feeling a way about some of the interesting comments the Creed actor made in lengthy feature. Some of his more interesting moments from the interview include the revelation that he only goes after roles written for White characters, his excessive use of the word “females” and discussion of how Black women reacted to Kendall Jenner dating rumors.
According to Jordan, after the success of sci-fi thriller, Chronicle, he informed his talent agency that he’s not interested in going after roles written specifically for Black actors.
“I told my team after I finished ‘Chronicle’ that I only want to go out for roles that were written for White characters. Me playing the role will make it what it is.”
Apparently, this strategy is how the actor intends to avoid being pigeonholed by stereotypical roles.
“I want to be part of that movement that blurs the line between white and black,” he said. “The first time I sat down with multiple agents at the agency I told them, ‘Don’t treat me like another actor that’s coming through here just wanting to be famous. Understand the situation that I’m in and the opportunities that are presented in front of me and the expectations that come with doing a film like ‘Fruitvale Station’ moving forward.’ You know, for my community, the African-American community, there was a certain expectation. You do a role that represents African-Americans, of Oscar Grant being wrongfully accused, wrongfully killed by the police, it’s a certain expectation comes with it to be the one to speak out.”
For clarity, Jordan referenced the career models of Leonardo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling.
“They made smart choices,” he says. “They played people, not being ‘a white actor playing a person,’ them playing a person. When I play a person or profession, it’s black this, black that. It’s obvious that I’m black, but why do I have to be labeled as that?”
“Instead of taking something conceptually written for a Black guy, I want the stuff that was written for a guy.”
And then, there was the Kendall Jenner thing—a rumor that left a sour taste in the mouths of many of Jordan’s fans. As it turns out, the two were just leaving the same party at the same time; however, he specifically singled out Black fans over the controversy.
“It’s the world we live in,” he said. “They see White and Black. I don’t. Kendall’s a friend of mine, you know. I don’t know her, like, that well, but I know her enough. People’s perspective on that is what it is. I don’t f*ck*ng know. I don’t live my life to make other people happy. It’s so weird, though, right? A lot of Black fans were feeling like, ‘Oh, my God, he should have been with a Black woman’ and that whole thing. I get it, but on the other hand it’s, like, relax. You know—it’s 2015. It’s okay! People can like one another, not necessarily from the same history or culture or whatever the f*ck it is. It’s just the new world, you know what I mean?”
Jordan later revisited discussions about his love life, which according to him, won’t produce anything lasting at this point because he refuses to become sidetracked by “females.” Of course, there’s nothing wrong having tunnel vision and knowing what you want, but Jordan’s constant use of the derogatory term led to the beloved actor being dragged on Twitter.
“I’m a quiet guy. I’m very to myself. Don’t like attention. I’m getting a lot more now. I’m extremely quiet, bro,” he explained. “All the extra sh*t is extra sh*t, you know.”
“The females,” he continued, “they’ll always be there. Like, honestly, bro. Oh, my God. Female-wise from now? I ain’t got to do too much work. And it’s weird, because I’m the same guy. I haven’t f*ck*ng changed, right? I don’t look any different. I haven’t done anything different. Okay, maybe a blockbuster film.”
While he admits that many of the women he encounters are opposed to his agenda, his extensive knowledge of what “females” want and need keeps him from being lonely for too long.
“I’m not [lonely]. I understand what females want and need, you know. I’m good at that. I don’t know if I’m the guy to give it to them right now. I’m emotionally unavailable. Until I find something that’s so undeniable that I can’t help myself. Other than that, I need to work on making sure my mom is okay. That’s all I care about, honestly. Females, they come and go.”
While he’s looking scrumptious in the GQ spread, his loose lips may result in a sharp decline in his Man Crush Money numbers, as the Twitter slander against Jordan has been going on for hours and will likely carry on into the night.
For decades, Whites actors and actresses have been cast to play people of color in Hollywood, making whitewashing a very nasty habit in Tinsel Town. But these Black actors managed to turned the table and were selected to star in traditionally White roles.
Michael B. Jordan
Comic book fans everywhere were in an uproar when Michael B. Jordan was selected to play Johnny Storm in the reboot of The Fantastic Four. But Chris Evans, who first played the role a decade earlier, gave Jordan his stamp of approval in hopes to appease loyal fans. The film tanked anyway at the box office and studio executives hope the sequel, which had already been announced, can salvage the franchise.
The Rocky movie franchise has captivated audiences across the globe for more than three decades and now the series is looking to capture another generation with the spin-off film Creed debuting this fall.
Based on the beloved Rocky character Apollo Creed’s son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan), the film develops as the millennial tries to survive living off the streets. After several run-ins with the law, Adonis searches for Rocky to train him in boxing. Although he tries to turn his life around, Adonis is discouraged by his mother (Phylicia Rashad) and other boxers to enter the boxing industry because his father died in the ring.
However with Rocky’s mentorship, Adonis pushes himself to follow in his father’s footsteps. While they train for Adonis to win the title championship, odds are pitted against them. To overcome and achieve their personal victories, both men will have to fight against their cynics to reveal they are natural-born winners.
To get inspired and your adrenaline pumping, press play on the Creed trailer below. What do you think?
‘Tis the season for hookups and love. That’s right, as the weather changes, that means cuffing season is drawing near. With so many baes to choose from, why not shoot your shot in the direction of some of Black Hollywood’s most elite single men? Prepare to hop on the ‘gram and slide into those DMs as we look at famous fellas who are on the market.
Diversifying entertainment has proven to be a long, arduous and controversial process. In the last few years, a handful of traditionally White roles in movies, comic books, and television series have been filled by Black actors. This transition and decision to appropriately represent the many faces of the world we live in has proven difficult for the actors who have excitedly signed on to take on these blockbuster roles.
From Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent in the 1989 Batman film directed by Tim Burton, to Idris Elba’s turn as Heimdall in the Thor movies, and Amandla Stenberg’s work as Rue in The Hunger Games, the casting backlash has been continuously loud and ignorant. With White people slowly receding into minority status in this country, it’s only right to be open-minded about representing the varied hues of people who enjoy and support these kinds of projects. But some people are going to fight diversification in entertainment until their last breath–or at least make a spectacle out of it.
For instance, an interview featuring Michael B. Jordan plays Johnny Storm/Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot that comes out today. A recent interview with Jordan and his co-stars Kate Mara and Jamie Bell went viral for all the wrong reasons:
Last Thursday, two Atlanta radio personalities held a brief interview with the cast, during which, the men proceeded to showcase themselves as ignorant and sexist. At the top of the interview, they wasted no time getting to the race question. They tried a long-winded attempt at trying to ask how Mara and Jordan’s characters, who portray brother and sister in the movie, could be related when they’re of two different races. Mara, who no doubt has fielded this same question no less than a million times during the international press junket, answered the question immediately: “Sue Storm was adopted. Is that the question?”
The other interviewer jumps in for further interrogation. “The obvious question is…you’re White, you’re Black. How does that happen? Because in the other one, they’re just brother and sister…”
In my heart of hearts, I want to believe that these two radio personalities decided to do this for publicity. Because there’s no way that two 40-something men really cannot wrap their heads around how two people who don’t share a genetic makeup or skin color could possibly be related–especially for a fictional story. Thankfully, Jordan had a good retort to this foolishness because things could have definitely gotten messy.
“They could be raised as brother and sister,” Jordan explained. “There’s a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without the obvious adoption.”
His response forced one of the interviewers to change topics. The man decided to ask Mara why she cut her hair so short because her long hair was “excellent.” Thankfully, a publicist cut the interview off soon after.
Awkward, baiting, and troublesome.
When the video went viral, comment sections around the Internet exploded with people defending the radio personalities for asking what, to them, was a sound and necessary question. These observations led to more mudslinging about Jordan being cast in the traditionally White role, and in no time flat, I was through. Too through.
How on earth can you fix your mouth to ask what sense it makes for White and Black characters to play sister and brother in a movie that centers around a man turning himself into a rock behemoth? A movie where another man can make himself stretch in any direction? A movie where a woman who can make herself and objects around her invisible has a brother who can burst into flames. Really? Are you serious? You can suspend belief for all that, but you find it nearly impossible to wrap your head around Jordan and Mara’s characters possibly coming up in the same family?
This argument is nothing new. There are literally people who would lose their minds if Idris Elba were to be cast as the near-immortal, superhuman James Bond. And just like the commenters defending the radio personalities, those people are shortsighted and trifling. Yes, we can save the world too.
Diversity in casting is necessary. People of color have long been assigned the roles of the help, the gangsters, the sassy best friend, the baby mama, the drug addict, and the thief. We are so much more than that, and you will know it and see it. No amount of pushback is going to stop the diversity train from rolling through and arriving at its destination. So choo-choo to you, the detractors, and all of your ignorance.