Nicki Minaj Reacts To Michael B. Jordan Cultural Appropriation Slander + Schools Him! 

US actor Michael B. Jordan speaks on stage during the 47th American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award Gala at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood on June 6
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The Internet is NOT feeling Michael B. Jordan.

The actor launched a new product, and the title of it had online critics talking. Michael revealed he has a new rum brand called J’Ouvert.

West Indians objected to the name because J’Ouvert is a festival celebrating Caribbean culture. It’s held annually in Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada during Carnival and celebrated worldwide. 

Michael is L.A.-born and New Jersey-raised. It’s not clear if he has Trini roots, but he didn’t speak on it throughout his career. As reported on Yahoo, his rum says it’s, “Derived from the Antellian Creole French term meaning ‘daybreak,’ J’OUVERT originated in the pre-dawn streets of Trinidad, as a celebration of emancipation combined with Carnival season to serve as the festival informal commencements. Crafted on those same islands, J’OUVERT Rum is a tribute to the party started.”

The term J’ourvet is heavily Trini rooted and plays a significant role in the culture. A petition has nearly 10,000 signatures, attempting to block the trademark.

It should also be noted, the actor is seemingly trying to make a profit off a culture he has no connection with. Plus, due to the pandemic, the annual carnival had to go on pause, causing a mega revenue loss for the country. It’s understandable why some Trinis would be upset at Michael.

Nicki Minaj defended him on social media. She made a lengthy post saying he probably didn’t know, but now that he does, he needs to change the name. Take a look at what the QUEEN said + a message she reposted:

This is what social media is saying: