Actor Michael B. Jordan has proven his staying power in Hollywood, moving from a breakout child actor to Hollywood influential producer over the course of his career so far. He’s also been very vocal about the projects he’s involved in being diverse, so that’s why resurfaced rumors of Jordan reportedly not dating Black women come as a surprise to many.
Back in 2018, Jordan made headlines when he announced that his company had partnered with WarnerMedia in being one of the first major studios to adopt the “inclusion rider,” a policy that aims to include greater numbers of women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities and other underrepresented groups in the entertainment industry and a studio as a whole.
Jordan’s movie Just Mercy was one of the first projects to be made with Warner Bros. under the terms of the inclusion rider.
“Inclusivity has always been a no-brainer for me, especially as a black man in this business,” Jordan said. “[But] it wasn’t until Frances McDormand spoke the two words that set the industry on fire — inclusion rider — that I realized we could standardize this practice.”
Jordan referred to McDormand’s speech at the 2018 Oscar Awards in which she mentioned the term, coined by director of USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Stacy Smith, during her acceptance speech for Best Actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
“The WarnerMedia family has introduced an approach that accomplishes our shared objectives, and I applaud them for taking this enormous step forward,” Jordan said at the time. “I’m proud that our film, ‘Just Mercy,’ will be the first to formally represent the future we have been working toward, together. This is a legacy-bearing moment.”
Given his outsize influence upon the industry around diversity and inclusion, it would appear to outsiders that Jordan is very insistent upon his support of Black people. His social media likes have also backed up this fact on occasion, with him even being caught liking one of the hottest rapper’s Instagram posts previously.
Jordan couldn’t help himself apparently when viewing one of Megan Thee Stallion’s Instagram posts this past pandemic summer, in which her and a few other friends were dropping their Southern peaches in the water and “flooding” the Internet one twerk at a time.
“Oh you getting flooded today bayyybeeee,” the caption read as she twerked in a pool while looking back at the camera to Pop Smoke’s “Diana.” Jordan commented on the post with a “cold face” emoji, so that can be why he continues to be baffled by allegations he doesn’t date Black women.
“It’s so funny to everybody because it couldn’t be further from the truth,” he told Essence in 2018. “My dad and my mom both said, ‘If they only knew.’ If they only knew. And that’s the thing that keeps me not tripping about it, you know what I mean?”
When he supported rapper Nick Grant’s song “Black Woman” in 2018 on his Instagram, commenters accused him of pandering to Black women and Jordan shared that the accusations have hurt him.
“It makes me hesitant about whoever I’m seen with. I’m finally starting to get to a place now where I don’t care, but it bothered me for a minute,” he said. “It made me more conscious of things I say and how I move, and what could happen if I leave a club or a restaurant or the movies. If I leave anywhere any known place with anybody, there’s going to be speculation.”