Revenge of the Cornballs: Michael B Jordan and Black Nerds.
Do you know what feels good? Putting doubters in their place. It’s even better if you publicly humiliate them while doing so! This is why I (like many others) applaud Micheal B. Jordan for checking former classmate and Morning Hustle reporter Lore’l over her ‘corny’ comments towards Jordan and her overall fakeness.
During the premiere of Creed III the star/director was interviewed by Lore’l: a woman who admitted to calling Jordan corny, mocking his name, and calling his heads shots “stupid” when they were in high school on The Undressing Room podcast days prior. With a fake smile and annoying giggle, she brought up how they go way back.
However, Michael B. Jordan stops her and says “The corny kid, right?”: a reference to Lore’l’s remarks.
She awkwardly laughs the question off while defending herself saying that she was simply “misquoted”. Jordan counters, stating that he heard the “corny” remark himself — with the classic “Bitch, we know you’re lying, but continue” look on his face. Laure’l double downs on being misquoted and continues until Jordan’s co-star Jonathan Majors steps in. After a few more questions Laure’l ended the interview with “Well, you’re not corny anymore.”
Passive aggressive much?
In the days following the now infamous interview, the internet has been sounding off on Micheal B Jordan’s actions – especially male Black Nerds as they see Jordan as the ultimate Black nerd icon. He’s a rich movie star and director. He’s a lover of anime who has gone on record with IGN that boxing series Hajime no Ippo and Megalobox as well as shounen series Naruto, My Hero Academia, and Dragon Ball Z influenced Creed III’s direction. It must be also noted that the armor design for his character Killmonger in the film Black Panther may be an homage to Vegeta’s armor design from Dragon Ball Z.
Plus, like many Black nerds, he’s been mocked, teased, and bullied for his quirky passions.
Seeing Jordan check Lore’l has driven Black nerds to go online to tell their dark tales of being tormented and tortured by their peers for being the nerdy ones. Oh, how they rant about Black girls (and girls in general) dissing them because they weren’t a street dude or a normie only to get their get back years down the line. Reading about their painful past is enough to make you cry…
…with laughter, because these grown-ass cornball ass male nerds haven’t yet realized that they have a shitty personality that made people not wanna be with them. They really be letting that high school shit from the past turn make them super bitter and angry toward Western women. Straight up got these victim and persecution complexes going on. They yearn for their “Beat it, chick!” moment one day like their hero Mike.
(Okay, that was kinda mean. I’ll be a little bit nicer – just a little bit, though.)
Look, I understand why my fellow Black nerds can relate to Micheal B. Jordan’s moment. Many of you were the little awkward geeky kid who was counted out, dissed, ignored, bullied, and/or belittled by everyone else in school. You were ostracized by Black normie society and it really burned you up inside. Most of all, you wanted to prove a point: being a nerd isn’t corny and you’ll be way more successful than the despite being a nerd after high school.
This is where things get interesting. I might wind up offending and triggering many of you nerds because this gotta be said.
Yes, it’s common for nerds to disprove their high school critics and wind up becoming massively successful both financially and socially after high school. However you need to have a sense of self, a clear vision, and a strong work ethic to become a successful Black nerd after high school. Michael B. Jordan is where he is today because of hard work and drive – not simply because he’s a nerd. Did being a nerd play a role in his success? Of course, but it’s not the sole reason. This is where many Black nerds get things twisted.
Let me break down what I mean.
First, a lot of Black nerds are corny; we gotta tell the truth here. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen my fellow Black nerds do some of the most GOOFIEST nonsense at anime conventions. I mean asking female Japanese voice actors if they are single during panels when con staff repeatedly told them not to do so, standing around looking awkward and not talking to women at room parties, singing off-key to anime opening theme songs, and making speeches about the cons and attendees in front of white people who don’t care to hear their ramblings.
Next, many game-goofy Black nerd males love listening to dating and lifestyle “coaches” who tend to be mentally unstable incels with (single) mommy issues. They take in this corrupted version of the dating game as a tool to be hateful, abusive, and just downright nasty to women. It’s ruining the dating scene for those Black male nerds who got their shit together.
Finally, you have Black Nerds who are so confused and wrapped by geek culture that all they know is being a nerd – nothing else. They can tell you everything about Star Wars, Game of Thrones, the MCU, and the latest popular anime series from a niche source, but they know nothing about Black history or culture. If not that, they don’t know about dating/relationships, being a man/woman, having a tangible skillset, and having your money straight.
So, if you fall into any of the three above I mentioned, you’re corny — and not because you’re a nerd.
Anyway, to conclude this, Micheal B. Jordan is living proof that being a Black nerd isn’t corny. Even if it were corny, it’s only corny to those who will never get you and your passion. Work on bettering yourself and drive yourself to prove them wrong. But don’t think being a Black nerd and not a street dude automatically means you will become successful no matter what.
Put in that hard work to better yourself, Black male Nerd.
You’re only corny if you don’t.
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