Michael B. Jordan’s Message to the Haters and Internet Trolls Is Perfect

Michael B. Jordan has a message for the haters angry that he was cast to play Johnny Storm a.k.a. the Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four, and it’s to “get your head out of the computer.”

Jordan penned an eloquent article for Entertainment Weekly entitled “Why I’m Torching the Color Line,” calling out the online commenters who don’t agree with his casting choice since the Johnny Storm character in the comic books has blonde hair and blue eyes.

He started off by writing,

You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”

Ugh, really people? But Jordan doesn’t let it get to him any longer, having a little empathy for their opinion and then immediately calling them out:

It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee [Fantastic Four comic co-creator] writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?

Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of “Black Film.” Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself—a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.

Jordan then notes what the message of the movie is really about:

This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That’s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it.

And adds how hopefully he can set an example for Hollywood as a whole:

Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.

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Jordan then remarkably concludes his op-ed, with a statement that’ll make you want to stand up and cheer:

To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.

It’s okay to love it, obviously, too… And anyone who argues with Jordan’s casting choice in the first place is ludicrous – just look at the guy. He’s handsome, sexy, and judging by his letter firing back at the senseless internet trolls, he’s smart.

In other words, a more than perfect casting choice.

Fantastic Four, also starring Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and more, will be released in theaters on August 7, 2015.