Actor Michael B. Jordan has addressed the negativity surrounding his casting as Johnny Storm in the new Fantastic Four film, urging "trolls on the Internet" to "get your head out of the computer".
The Fruitvale Station star has become a target of racially-motivated attacks online from movie fans who hate the idea of an African-American playing the Fantastic Four's leader - and he has been silent on the backlash until now.
Jordan has written an article for Entertainment Weekly to address the controversy, stating, "I didn't want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: 'A black guy? I don't like it. They must be doing it because (Barack) Obama's president', and, 'It's not true to the comic'. Or even, 'They've destroyed it!'
"Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of 'Black Film'.
"To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: 'Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends' friends and who they're interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It's OK to like it.'"