Michael Jordan sparked a firestorm on Wednesday, and it had nothing to do with his role in “Fantastic Four.”
Jordan drew widespread and very vocal criticism across social media for an interview he granted to GQ, in which he said that only wanted to play “white” characters in the future.
“I want to be part of that movement that blurs the line between white and black,” the actor said.
“I told my team after I finished ‘Chronicle’ [the successful low budget sci-fi movie that first partnered him with ‘Fantastic Four’ director Josh Trank] that I only want to go out for roles that were written for white characters,” Jordan told the magazine. “Me playing the role will make it what it is.”
The comments were enough to send Twitter ablaze with wrath for the actor.
Many of his detractors referenced the fact that Jordan rose to fame playing Oscar Grant, a black man who was killed by transit police, in “Fruitvale Station.”
“Ummmmm didn’t Michael B Jordan play Oscar Grant a BLACK MAN arrested & killed because of POLICE BRUTALITY. But he don’t see black & white? K,” one detractor hissed.
“Michael B Jordan is talking about all lives matter after being in Fruitvale Station? How sway?” said another.
One user offered, “I don’t get how Michael B. Jordan can be on the ‘All Lives Matter’ tip knowing as much as he knows about the life and murder of Oscar Grant.”
“How anyone trusted this dude after ‘Fantastic Four’ is beyond me,” slammed another.
The good news? After filming the upcoming boxing movie “Creed,” Jordan is no doubt used to taking beatings.
Ummmmm didn’t Michael B Jordan play Oscar Grant a BLACK MAN arrested & killed because of POLICE BRUTALITY. But he don’t see black & white? K
— Chihiro Ogino (@WickedBeaute) September 23, 2015
Michael B Jordan is talking about all lives matter after being in Fruitvale Station? How sway?
— Lazer Gun Carrier (@branfire) September 23, 2015