Michael B. Jordan Opens Up About Dating And Why He Compared Black Women To Chocolate Milk
Are we still mad at him?
November 13, 2018 at 12:30 am
Michael B. Jordan finally explained his controversial comments about dating and Black culture in a new interview with GQ.
The Black Panther star landed himself in hot water when he was caught partying on a yacht full of non-Black women. Rumors have long swirled about him not being attracted to Black women, and to some fans, this proved he preferred white women to Black women.
As Blavity reported at the time, Jordan jumped on Instagram Live to discuss the images of him with the non-Black women.
“Y’all are wylin’ right now. Y’all are buggin’ … yes, I’m on vacation right now, okay? I’m traveling around,” Jordan said on Instagram. “News flash: it’s not a lot of black women in Italy, okay? It’s not, it’s just not. Sorry … I’m reading through the comments and sh*t, y’all tearin’ ya boy up. It’s too much, man. Y’all doin’ too much."
To further prove his love for Black women, Jordan offered the world the following metaphor:
“I like milk. I like chocolate milk — I love chocolate milk. And I like almond milk, strawberry milk. You know the cinnamon toast crunch? The milk after that, I like that, too. That’s pretty good. I like milk period. Y’all just doin’ a lot. Y’all gotta chill.”
Comparing women to milk did not sit well with folks. The actor therefore used to platform provided to him by GQ to attempt to clear the air.
“Did you know whose boat it was?" Jordan asked in the magazine. "No. Was it a yacht? Nah. If you knew what a yacht was, you'd know that wasn't a yacht. It's a boat. It's a boat. Have you ever been to Italy before? Do you know how that works? Sometimes you get on a boat, you go and meet people you've never met before, enjoy some stuff. It's vacation, it's life. Then it just turned into this whole other thing that it wasn't. It just wasn't that. I felt like I needed to say something in that moment.”
The 31-year-old actor added he was hurt his fans believed the hype.
“Like, d**n,” he said. “Of all the places that I'm getting this, it's coming from here?”
As for the milk metaphor, well, Jordan admitted he wasn’t thinking clearly when he made the comment.
“In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have,” he said. “As I was doing it, all my boys, everyone, were just like, ‘Mike, put the phone down.’ But I was like, ‘Nah, I need to get this off my chest.’ I just felt like it was unfair, I guess. I just felt emotional at the time.”
Right now, however, the Creed star claims he's less focused on romantic entanglements and is more focused on his prospering acting career.
“My career is awesome. It is going great,” he said. “There's other places in my life that I'm f**king lacking at. I'm very mature and advanced in a lot of areas of life. Dating may not be one of 'em. My personal life is not. I don't really know what dating is.”
The actor also took some time to clear up another controversial statement he made about Black culture. Vanity Fair printed an interview during which Jordan claimed Black folks “don't have any mythology, black mythology, or folklore.” Jordan told GQ the other publication left out an important part of the interview.
“I meant we don't have black mythologies and folklore that's on the big screen and small screen, period,” he said. “And I want to help bring those to the masses, the same stories, bedtime stories, that I was being told of Anansi the Spider and the story of Hannibal and Mansa Musa and all these historical figures!”
Finally, we all may be getting a little less of Jordan going forward. The star said he plans on following the lead of his mentor, Will Smith, who gave him some advice after the milk debacle.
“I've been inspired by Will and what he's done with his social media as of late,” Jordan said. “Before that, you didn't know that much about him. That's why we're looking at his posts like it's the best thing since, like, Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, because we haven't seen this side of him, ever. He's earned that reveal.”
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