Is it weird that my first reaction was, “WE DID IT!” Because obviously we didn’t do anything, technically, but Fug Nation has also been willing this to happen for years and FINALLY, Michael B. Jordan gets to join the ranks:


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When we speculated about this, the main concern was that People loves a hook, and I wasn’t sure he had an obvious enough one. It turns out being super talented and hot like fire truly was all People needed, although for good measure, he’s resurrecting Erik Killmonger for one episode of Marvel’s new What If animated series that imagines different outcomes of its famous moments, plus there’s Creed III in 2021, and this, in addition to his Black Lives Matter and election activism:

His company, Outlier Society Productions, was the first to adopt an inclusion rider, which mandates that filmmakers enlist a diverse cast and crew. 

Considering this is not a meaningful designation, I’m strangely thrilled. I also like to imagine them all congregating to celebrate. You know those Nissan “Heisman House” ads, which imagine past Heisman Trophy winners either living or hanging out together under one roof? We need a Sexiest Man Alive house, where Idris Elba throws open the front door and pats Michael B. on the back and hands him a custom cocktail, then ushers him inside to where John Legend is playing “You’re Welcome” on the piano as The Rock sings and Hugh Jackman dances. Matthew McConaughey is out back grilling steaks, Intern George is taking the minutes using an actual typewriter, Adam Levine is brooding in a tank top, Chris Hemsworth and David Beckham are teaching Bradley Cooper how to play soccer in the yard, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are pantsing each other so everyone is ignoring them, and Blake Shelton just sort of takes everyone’s coats. (They changed the locks without telling Mel Gibson and Johnny Depp. Don’t you tell them either.)