Black Women Boycotting 'Black Panther' Is Just a Rumor

A bogus Instagram account encouraging Black women to avoid the film because actor Michael B. Jordan's alleged girlfriend is not Black is causing a stir.

The highly anticipated Marvel Studios film "Black Panther" will debut in theaters across the country next month and Black women will indeed be in attendance, despite what you may have heard.


Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film's all-star cast includes Chadwick Boseman as lead character "T'Challa," Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker, to name a few.

Michael B. Jordan

Jordan, 30, a native of Newark, N.J., who starred in Coogler's 2015 film "Creed," trended on Twitter this week, not for his role as villain Erik Killmonger, but for who he's allegedly dating: Latina Instagram model Ashlyn Castro. A bogus Instagram account is promoting all the hoopla.

The account dedicated to pictures of Jordan, mbjisbae92, has several postings of a graphic with the text: "If we aren't good enough for you, you don't deserve our money — Boycott."

The latest posting has a message directed toward Jordan:

Since we aren't good enough for you @michaelbjordan I will not spend a dime on you #blackpanther#michaelbjordan #marvel

It's not certain if the account is even run by a Black woman. As we've learned recently, during the 2016 presidential election social media accounts were created by trolls to falsely promote Black activism.

The rumor of a boycott of "Black Panther" continues to swirl on social media.

But Black women have taken to Twitter to say talk of a boycott is utterly ridiculous and won't happen:

Marvel Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company, No. 36 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list, released the official trailer in October.

The film's synopsis:

"Black Panther" follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

"Black Panther" opens in U.S. theaters Feb. 16.

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