Michael B. Jordan Says “Black Lives Matter,” Apologizes For GQ Interview
Michael B. Jordan is “unequivocally” stating that he believes “Black Lives Matter” and apologizing for his controversial GQ interview.
As Gossip Cop reported, Jordan covers the magazine’s October issue, and he’s quoted at length about actively seeking roles written for white actors. Some of the comments rubbed fans the wrong way. Making it worse, though, is that the cover story’s release came around the same time Jordan was accused of promoting “All Lives Matter” in an alleged Snapchat video.
Now Jordan has written an open letter via Essence in which he attempts to clarify both situations. Jordan began:
“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.”
Jordan then declared, “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.”
Noting some of his past endeavors, such as Fruitvale Station and his speech about “Black Lives Matter” at the BET Awards in June, the movie star wrote, “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.”
Jordan went on to argue that it’s “challenging to have a nuanced conversation about race and Hollywood period,” but even more so “when you’re dealing with soundbites and articles,” where a “simple idea or opinion can be abbreviated and distorted as it is communicated to readers out of context.” In an attempt to “be clear,” he then explained:
“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.”
Jordan’s magazine interview also came under fire for the way he spoke about “females” in terms of his sex and dating life, leading him to now write, “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.” He continued:
“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,” added Jordan. He concluded, “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.” TELL US: What do you think of the controversy and Jordan’s open letter?