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Some People Are Upset By This Michael B. Jordan Pic, And Here’s Why

A picture is worth a thousand words. And sometimes a lot of those words are homophobic.

Last week, Vanity Fair published an interview with actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler. They’ve collaborated on two films now — Creed and Fruitvale Station. But, as an official picture of Jordan and Coogler from the Vanity Fair interview circulated online, a lot of disparaging remarks followed.

Here’s the photo in question:759e005986a6b8d95a7c1e77f771367e

The image of Jordan with his hand on Coogler’s head drew crude sexual and homophobic remarks from commenters on more than one Facebook page. When celebrity gossip blogger B. Scott, who runs LoveBScott, posted it on his Facebook, it garnered almost 300 comments, many of them negative.

Most spoke about their problem with the pose, saying the pose seemed emasculating and effeminate.

“No self respecting heterosexual males pose like this naturally,” one commenter wrote.d4f513444aebed76b14cefd1bef2bea8

Some other commenters were quick to clap back.d4f513444aebed76b14cefd1bef2bea81e11bf2c7f36a526b7268c1fddfa59a08

When blogger Son of Baldwin posted a response to the controversy that called out the homophobic remarks, most people agreed, but some people even engaged in homophobia on the Son of Baldwin Facebook page, which is a page about LGBT issues.

“Whether Jordan and Coogler are ‘just boys’ or something more: It shouldn’t matter,” the post reads. “Love between black people should always be celebrated given how much violence between black people is always encouraged.”

Baldwin began posting that he would delete any comment that equated the word “gay” with negativity. Some of the comments under his post were, however, very supportive of Coogler and Jordan’s embrace.

“This deep love is our salvation,” one commenter wrote. “We can love and not have it attached to sex/sexuality.”9b84ae747f5ffc2d696babbb7cfa9410

These comments might suggest that the black community is more homophobic than others, but that’s actually not the case. The most common anecdote used to point to black homophobia is the role black voters played in the passing of Prop 8 in 2008, a myth that was later debunked. Data showed that their voting was basically in line, if not a bit higher, than most other racial groups. To the contrary, black and Latino voters were directly responsible for passing marriage equality in Maryland four years later.

And most of the U.S.’s remaining anti-sodomy laws — which are unconstitutional and remain on the books more as a display of outright homophobia — are in majority white states.

So, no, this is not a black homophobia issue. It’s just a regular old #MasculinitySoFragile problem. Seeing two men embrace one another in a way that even suggests intimacy is sometimes still too much for America’s eyes.

Thankfully, not all of America.tweet2tweet0975c0085de14e81c2d85f385b46ac40

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  1. Nawa for some people o. At first sight of this pic, what I saw was a beautiful photograph. No undertone of emasculation or homosexuality. And that’s what I see till now.
    Through what do these homophobic people look at life sef?

  2. When I saw the headline of this post, I swear I didn’t expect this. How have we come to this? Where a simple picture with two black men in it suddenly turns to one having sexual undertones? Seriously, how did we get to this stage of thinking? Who screwed us up so badly?
    It’s a beautiful picture, I read excerpts from the interview and it was about black men doing well in Hollywood, breaking stereotypes. It’s just a fucking picture, move the hell on.

  3. Hia!!it looks like an elder brother posing with his lil bro.how did “this” escalate to homophobia?seriously!!!!are people so homophobic that they see gays everywhere like that boy in sixth sense that saw dead people?keep your fears to yourselves,quit creating ruckus where there is none!!seriously!!!?

  4. What’s wrong with the photo

  5. I swear, people have issues!

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