People Are Freaking out Over This 'Homoerotic' Picture of This Famous Actor With His Director

March 8th 2016

Taylor Bell

Throughout the years, the Black community has been portrayed as a hyper masculine culture.

So when "Creed" star Michael B. Jordan shared an embrace with director Ryan Coogler in a photo for Vanity Fair (which was then posted on social media), it started one big homophobic uproar.

The photo (above) of Jordan gently caressing the head of Coogler incited a lot of "homophobic and crude sexual comments" when it began making its rounds on social media last week, Mic reported. Coogler worked with Jordan in the Rocky-inspired movie "Creed" and the film "Fruitvale Station."

Here are some examples of the homophobic comments made about the photo.

Others were just as quick to criticize the homophobic backlash. Son of Baldwin, an LGBT-centered Facebook page, posted the image with the message that directly addressed both critics and the culture of hypermasculinity that tends to leads to homophobia in society.

Apparently, this photo of actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler from a Vanity Fair shoot is disturbing a...

Posted by Son of Baldwin on Sunday, March 6, 2016

Part of the post reads:

"The quest is to assure everyone, and themselves, that neither man is queer or feminine; that affection between men, platonic or not, is a sign of weakness and vulnerability, and it doesn't matter than the very state of humanity is one of weakness and vulnerability and the fear of facing this existential fact is precisely why we're always on the precipice of self-destruction.

"Whether Jordan and Coogler are 'just boys' or something more: It shouldn't matter. Love between black people should always be celebrated given how much violence between black people is always encouraged."

Homophobia in the Black community.

Although each community shares its own portion of intolerance, people have debated whether or not the Black community is uniquely homophobic. It was something Lee Daniels wanted to address in his hit show "Empire," and thus felt compelled to include a Black gay character in the show's story line, according to the Daily Beast.

“Homophobia is rampant in the African American community, and men are on the DL,” Daniels told the Daily Beast. “They don’t come out, because your priest says, your pastor says, mama says, your next-door neighbor says, your homie says, your brother says, your boss says [that homosexuality is wrong]. And they are killing African American women. They are killing our women. So I wanted to blow the lid off more on homophobia in my community.”

In 2011 CNN anchor and openly gay Black man, Don Lemon, shared similar sentiments.

"It’s quite different for an African-American male," Lemon told the New York Times. "It’s about the worst thing you can be in Black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the Black community they think you can pray the gay away."

Part of this is due to the perception of black men's masculinity.

According to Grio, many Black gay men have said that there is pressure for Black men to maintain a strong sense of masculinity since the time of slavery. Since Black men were often stripped of their identity and masculinity or the sake of others, Black men have worked to "get beyond this emasculation and restore their image." Thus, people may be more opposed to anyone who appears to deviate from this norm.

[h/t Mic]