Homoerotic or Homophobia? Michael B. Jordan Pic Causes Masculinity Debate

Published: Tuesday 8th Mar 2016 by Sam
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With changing times, comes changing attitudes.

However on the topic of masculinity, especially black masculinity, it appears there remains strong opinions that lean more towards the old skool.

Case in point the shot above of actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler.

The pair, who have collaborated on box office hits ‘Creed’ and ‘Fruitvale Station,’ came under fire from some Facebook users after the pic begun doing the rounds.

Taken at a Vanity Fair gala recently, the snap sees Jordan place his hand on Coogler’s head in a way some have chosen to interpret as homosexual. Ridiculous, right?!

See what we mean below…

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Not all were as regressive in their mind-state. Several users bit back at the critics:

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People sometimes. Sigh.

Anyway…

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  1. Glorious Sun March 8, 2016

    People are so ignorant. First, PEOPLE in general have been “gay” since the beginning of time. Only in modern society has “being gay” been looked upon as something dirty. And this is what gets me. BLACK men actually think that somehow the “media” has made BLACK MEN gay. Which is not true. This picture is very enduring. Show love between two GROWN men who know who they are and are not afraid to express that. America the greatest country in the world but also the MOST ignorant.

    • Meteorite March 8, 2016

      PREACH!!! You stole my words from me!

    • What Now March 8, 2016

      Come thru!

    • Tenken March 16, 2016

      It was christians (as always) when spreading the religion around the world that homosexuality became an issue. Before this, most cultures around the world had no issues with homosexuality. In fact, some cultures regarded homosexual love as higher than heterosexual love.

  2. Sherry March 8, 2016

    Lmao!! The picture isn’t even “feminine”. The fake outrage is killing me.

    • ras March 8, 2016

      They look like best friends. Nothing more. I don’t even get an inappropriate vibe from this pic lol smh. Everything’s hyped except individuality these days

      • ras March 8, 2016

        When we’re hating one another were thugs. When were embracing one another were gay smh.

  3. Bey Bey March 8, 2016

    This makes me sad. They clearly share a brotherhood and it was captured on camera. African Americans have a problem with homosexuality because of the practice of “breaking the buck” making the image of two being together horrific because male on male sexual violence was a part of everyday life during slavery. It isn’t right that this threat still lingers but it’s the reason black people are so against anything that seems remotely homoerotic

  4. foxy dinero March 8, 2016

    Glorious sun < Actually being gay has always been looked at as a degradation since the beginning of time. If you research back in the 1800s ppl were actually brought to trail and killed if proven gay, But this case here is just silly. Ppl just being ignorant

    • OMG Logic!!! March 8, 2016

      Actually, no it hasn’t. Greeks, Romans, Native Americans, Chinese, Indians, and countless other cultures accepted it.

      • Glorious Sun March 8, 2016

        Thank you.

  5. Beyonce wins March 8, 2016

    People read to much into things, that’s it… All social media should just completely end

  6. Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) March 8, 2016

    People need to stop sexualizing everything. Especially with black men, they cannot be affectionate with other men without it being interpreted as “gay”.

    • Tenken March 16, 2016

      But even if it is gay it is OK. that’s human nature, period.

  7. Fancy BISH March 8, 2016

    I’m sorry, but that girl Nykkya Davis needs a good READING this morning lol…I’m trying to be nice, so I’ll leave it alone lol…I just hope she got a receipt for her hair and makeup 🙂

  8. blue March 8, 2016

    people are silly and read too much into the littlest thing, but lets not act like mbj, rc, the carmera man and vanity fair people didnt know the type of reaction it would gain.

  9. ASHY March 8, 2016

    The fact that you actually posted this is ridiculous..

  10. MATEO March 8, 2016

    Notice how it’s only black people concerned about the meaning of this pose. Growing up, I witnessed many athletes, especially basketball players cradle their teammates head in appreciation for them. It’s brotherly and I see nothing wrong with it. There are too many visual references to African-Americans males involved in racial self-hate and black on black crime that I think our culture and society could benefit more from public display of African American Bromance.

    From what I understand, these two successful gentleman have contributed to pop-culture as African Americans. They are positive figures in world overflowing with negativity. They came together, worked together and slayed together. I think this pic displays Michael B. Jordans appreciation for what this man has done for him in this industry. He is humble and grateful. That’s what it communicates to me strongly. I have no idea why others would imagine otherwise. Are they kissing? Pinching each others n******? Caressing each other sexually? I don’t see that.

    The fact that you are curious and interested about these guys private s** lives, says much about what tickles your fancy. You have to get real with yourself first. #FACTS

    • Elder Antwoine Williams March 8, 2016

      Reminds me of David and Jonthan

  11. Stephon Jackson March 8, 2016

    Ignorant people being ignorant as usual… There is nothing wrong with that pic. What a bunch of sad close minded gutter thinking “people”. And, of-course most are BLACK. smh…

  12. FC/JC March 8, 2016

    People will find anything to be outraged over, I swear straights be so overly sensitive about absolutely nothing, They both look hot, and upon first look, I would have never questioned their sexuality from this pic alone…

  13. Meteorite March 8, 2016

    My first thought upon seeing the picture was that I thought they we brothers. I thought Michael B Jordan was posing with his younger or older brother. But even still no ones first thought should be “homosexuality” —a word that wasn’t coined until the late 19th century by a German psychologist, Karoly Maria Benkert— Further more this mindset that some black people have is a post domino effect from being in slavery and oppression. That and anything that makes the black man look weak is big No! Because “black aren’t supposed show emotion, they’re supposed to be the strong silent type.” More so because a lot of black people are Christians, and do not realize that, that’s the anchor holding them down. Think about it, you only believe in a religion because it was whipped and beaten into you, literally. Most of the black community is still taking the blue pill. I want to go in but I know no one is going to read a long post lol.

  14. ??Queen Molly?? March 8, 2016

    Dont see the big deal at all

  15. BETIC BETES UNBOTHERED! March 8, 2016

    There are only 2 types of homosexuals… STR8 ones & GAY ones. Just like MARQUES HOUSTON… B is STR8 & Remains UNBOTHERED.

    • Glorious Sun March 8, 2016

      what?

    • Molly Stan March 8, 2016

      Gurl stfu

  16. Arje Jackson March 8, 2016

    All I see is Homo sapiens. However you decide to interpret this picture is specific to your own experience with all its limitations and your state of mind. Why can’t Black men show each other affection without the narrative going in the direction of a penis entering another’s a***? We love to see our men beat each other’s brains out, disrespect each other, or kill each other rather than showing affection. What does that really say about our culture? About who we are as humans and about the state of our being. It has got to stop.

  17. BETIC BETES UNBOTHERED! March 8, 2016

    GAY= DEFECTIVE Homosexual that makes a MOCKERY of the opposite s** (TYLER PERRY QUEEN LATIFA JONELLE MONAE).
    STR8/DOWNLOW= a DEFIANT Homosexual THAT has no ties to the opposite s**. The whole point of being homosexual in the first place. Gay homos are CONTRADICTING in so many ways like the gay first commenter.

  18. BETIC BETES UNBOTHERED! March 8, 2016

    The only reason homophobia even exist (& for a good reason too) is because homosexual identity has been poisened by Flamboyant men. They have permenatley damaged the perception of homosexuality. Its actually supposed to be seen in the same regard as an ex convict or bank robber or high school drop out, atheist or even beastiality. It was never meant to be gay… it was originally all about SIN. For those that dont belive me go watch SPARTACUS.

  19. Chile Please!!! March 8, 2016

    I swear people are so HOMOPHOBIC that it makes me sick to my stomach. Men are always looked under a microscope when it comes to masculinity. I’m not going to lie I don’t understand this pic….but geesh I’m not going to go on a homophobic rant. Mind you majority of the haters be women….WHY??? Because their just mad it’s a good looking man, masculine, their man crush (that they will never have), & it’s not their head he’s embracing. This world is so small minded & always trying to out someone for being gay & the main ones that do that have a lot of skeletons in their closet.

  20. ANefertari March 8, 2016

    Its these insecure desperate women and desperate gay men who is making this pic more than what it is these women are so insecure they will make all men they cant have or a man that dont pay them any attention out to be gay, I have worked with women (black women) who assumed I was gay because I didn’t hit on them nor payed them any attention and they started the rumor because they are so man hungry they didn’t assume I was married or had a girlfriend, and these gay men arent any different humans has made this world an unbearable place to exist, this s*** is getting old and needs to stop! I see nothing gay about this pic

  21. Coolness March 8, 2016

    OMG, this is sooo dumb! Like seriously, I think a couple of my brain cells just depleted reading those ignorant comments. It’s quite clear a lot of those women are insecure and jealous of the fact that it’s not their head he’s embracing. To me, it looks brotherly. After all, Ryan once again gave MBJ a chance to really shine as an actor after his breakout in their first collaboration, Fruitvale Station. Eh, you ain’t made it in Hollywood as a Black man until you’re accused of being gay. Sad, tbh.

  22. Abel Minaj (Arianator Barb) March 8, 2016

    When i read the headline, i was expecting to see a different picture when i clicked and scroll down,then i realized that was picture that got them upset lmao. There’s nothing gay in that picture, and i know gay s***

  23. OMG Logic!!! March 8, 2016

    The only thing sadder than the blatant homophobia is the fact that young Black men (regardless of sexual orientation) can’t be themselves or God forbid affectionate with one another without being attacked for it by their OWN people.

    This kind of mentality is what needs to change to help people as a whole progress. It promotes the line of thinking that all Black men are dangerous because Black men are raised to only be ever be tough and not show any kind of emotion that may make them “look” weak.

    • Glorious Sun March 8, 2016

      agreed

  24. Jamie March 8, 2016

    Bottom line (no pun intended), some men like men. Some women like women. The women who get mad at the men are mad because they can’t have them-probably wouldn’t even be considered to begin with. The men who get mad are covering up their insecurities. They want the diiiick not necessarily the assss so bad that all they do is criticize. As for the picture, it’s just that–a picture!

  25. Meteorite March 8, 2016

    Sorry I have to repost this all those typos from auto correct were annoying me:

    My first thought upon seeing the picture was that I thought they were brothers. I thought Michael B Jordan was posing with his younger or older brother. But even still no ones first thought should be “homosexuality” —a word that wasn’t coined until the late 19th century by a German psychologist, Karoly Maria Benkert— Further more this mindset that SOME black people have is a post domino effect from being in slavery and being oppressed. That and anything that makes the black man look weak is a big NO! Because “black men aren’t supposed show emotion, they’re supposed to be the strong silent type.” More so because a lot of black people are Christians, and do not realize that, that’s the anchor holding them down. Think about it, you only believe in a religion because it was whipped and beaten into you, literally. Which was then passed down and taught to their children and community out of fear of the white man and therefore conforming the blacks who believe in the white man views, Uncle Tom House Negros. And most black people sell out their own race in various ways and have so much subliminal hate for their race they do not realize it. More so this too weakened the black male because it set the image to black women that if “black men can’t protect us against the white man, then who can?” Then that lead to the absence of the black male figure and black women raising black men which leads us to this very topic. We want black men to be men but we have ruled the black man out. Most of the black community is still taking the blue pill. I want to go in but I know no one is going to read a long post lol.

  26. Lukeyjaystar March 8, 2016

    I’m on this site everyday and never comment however I will now! It’s funny how all the people having a problem with it are black people! What happend to equality? even if this was gay or not black people should no more than anyone how it feels to be discriminated and yet they continue…. It’s so hard for everyone to accpept any race and sexuality when there’s all this shade… I just can’t with these small minds

  27. Dev March 8, 2016

    KMT! Everything is apparently gay these days. Hug your brother or dad = gay. Cry = gay. The stupidity of it all! People wonder why there are these emotionless guys out her killing people and dating their daughters…. Here’s your answer.
    There is nothing remotely homosexual or homoerotic about the picture unless you know nothing about sexuality.

  28. Metzo March 8, 2016

    Upon first seeing the pic without distinguishing the men and reading the header, i thought this was a gay couple but after recognizing Michael and his producer, i immediately thpught “Oh they must be best friends”.
    Some people are closed-minded unfortunately especially blacks. White men show affection to each other all the time without being coined gay. I think it comes with being comfortable with your sexuality.

  29. HOWYOULIKEIT March 8, 2016

    If it was two women no one would complain

  30. Anti love back to sleep karrueche March 9, 2016

    They look like best friend

  31. erolsabadosh March 9, 2016

    The level of homophobia from some people is disgusting. It’s just a photo of two talented men, there’s absolutely nothing to even discuss apart from the fact that they’re both killing it in their careers. And even if they are gay, despite this photo having absolutely no sexuality on display, good for them. The haters need to have their internet privileges taken away, intelligent people have no time for that level of idiocy. It’s 20-f******-16, anyone who thinks homosexuality is an ‘issue’ needs to get off this planet.

  32. Del March 9, 2016

    I agree, the outrage this picture is causing is ludicrous. They look like two homies embracing at a public event. Ryan is engaged to a woman and something tells me Michael B. Jordan has NO trouble finding women to go out with. I mean, women even have nicknamed him “Bae” to represent the B in his name because so many of them are lusting after him. Charlemagne tha God said on his Brilliant Idiots podcast a while ago that most single women he knows in and out of the entertainment industry ask him to “hook them up” with men in the industry all the time. He said the three that are the most requested are Drake, Odell Beckham Jr. and Michael B. Jordan. He says he doesn’t really know Drake and OBJ, but knows Michael and he bets Mike is “testing out that new ‘Creed’ on chicks all the time.”

  33. Tenken March 16, 2016

    Homoeroticism is masculinity though. You have to be masculine to really make the fullest of homoeroticism because gay men are not attracted to femininity; heterosexual men are attracted to femininity.

    I’m sorry but masculinity is not a heterosexual property. Masculinity is transversal.

    Heterosexual men’s masculinity si so weak, they immendiately fall apart at the sight of two hot men being affectionate and s***.

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