Homophobes are hot under the collar at the sight of this new pic of actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler in Vanity Fair. It’s generated a tidal wave of comments – if a picture is usually worth a thousand words, then this one’s worth 10,000.
Michael and Ryan have collaborated on two highly-regarded films — Creed and Fruitvale Station. No one is talking about their accomplishments right now, though. They're wondering who put the "fruit" in Fruitvale... It’s this shot of them that’s being talked about and circulated online, with a barrage of salacious, derogatory remarks speculating on their sexuality. Folks, these brothers are NOT gay.
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Here’s the text from Vanity Fair, which does not mention the imagery at all except to the credit the photographer and stylist.
MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND RYAN COOGLER
ACTOR, 29; SCREENWRITER AND DIRECTOR, 29
Jordan has emerged as one of the leading men of Young Hollywood: in the TV series Friday Night Lights, he played a quarterback from the wrong side of the tracks. In Fruitvale Station, he played Oscar Grant, an African-American youth who was fatally shot by a policeman in Oakland, on New Year’s Day in 2009. In Fantastic Four, he was a superhero who was so hot he could turn into a ball of fire. Jordan has his sights set on developing comics and graphic novels.
DISRUPTION: His performances in Fruitvale Station and last year’s Creed have helped thrust what could have been fringe stories into mainstream conversation.
The Oakland-born and U.S.C.-educated Coogler came to public attention for writing and directing Fruitvale Station. His subsequent project was a surprise punch: Creed, the next chapter of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky franchise, with Michael B. Jordan playing Apollo Creed’s son, who sets out to find Rocky Balboa, the boxer who beat his dad.
DISRUPTION: He has succeeded as a young, black filmmaker in what is often criticized as an old, white industry. Next up: bringing Marvel’s iconic comic-book hero Black Panther to the screen.
Here’s the whole article at the Vanity Fair website.
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To their credit, a lot of folks are now defending the photo and what they see as the non-sexual affection it depicts.
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What do you think? Has society gone too far? Can men who are homies, work colleagues, and clearly close friends not share a moment of gratitude at how far they've come without speculation? Weigh in?
This post was originally published on Switch Media