Michael B. Jordan dragged on Black Twitter for saying he only wants 'white' acting roles
Michael B. Jordan said a lot in his new, wide-ranging interview with GQ, but he’s taking some major heat for the portion of the interview where he said he wanted to only play roles intended for white men throughout the rest of his acting career.
Jordan said he wants to find “not just stereotypical roles of a black actor playing a thug or the drug dealer, doesn’t know his mom, doesn’t know his dad – you know, the same old, same old. I’m not about stereotypes.”
“I want to be part of that movement that blurs the line between white and black,” Jordan added. “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.”
He later praised the works of Leonardo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling, citing the two as his acting inspirations.
“They made smart choices,” he said of DiCaprio and Gosling. “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.”
Jordan later blamed the black community for the backlash he received after being spotted in public with Kendall Jenner.
“It’s the world we live in. They see white and black. I don’t,” he said, adding, “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.”
Michael continued, “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.”
According to folks that follow the Creed star on Snapchat, he also recently posted a video with the phrase #AllLivesMatter shortly after he began taking heat for his comments on social media.
The 28-year-old actor is currently being dragged on Black Twitter.
— BlackPussySupreme (@Virtuous_Queen_) September 23, 2015
Michael B Jordan said he doesn't see color but made sure to mention how "THE BLACKS" reacted to him being seen with Kendall. Mmmmkay
— ??NaijaGal?? (@Naija4LifeO) September 23, 2015
Michael B Jordan is talking about all lives matter after being in Fruitvale Station? How sway?
— Barry Gordy (@branfire) September 23, 2015
I've admired @michaelb4jordan for so long and have made it a point 2 support his projects… but he doesn't even support his own ppl anymore
— Befffff-A-Kneeee (@Bef_Leigh) September 24, 2015
Michael B Jordan knows that if he says "Black Lives Matter" on Monday he's doing Tyler Perry movies by Friday.
— Tawandus (@Tawandus) September 23, 2015
Jordan’s recent remarks to GQ contradict the passionate statements he made while discussing the tragic deaths of Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin in a 2013 interview with Oprah.
“Black males … we are America’s Pit Bulls. We’re labeled vicious, inhumane, and left to die on the street,” Jordan said.
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