Be more Michael B. Jordan

So a Coach ad today exhorts us:

(#1) “Be more Michael B. Jordan. Start with the look.”

Oh, honey, I wish I could, but there’s just no chance. Put aside the race thing, I’m never going to be an icon of masculinity, with that face, that body, and that manner.

And I couldn’t pull off the

Colorblock Shearling Jacket in Burnt Sienna

that Coach is selling (for a cool, or possibly very hot, $2200). MBJ can easily rise above its magnificent fagginess — the purple block is a nice finishing touch — and there are gay men who could flaunt that fagginess defiantly, but I’m not up to either of these presentations.

The jacket without MBJ in it:


And MBJ without the jacket:

(#3) On the left, a young MBJ, lean and handsome; on the right, MBJ seriously bulked up for the Creed movies and Black Panther

On the man, from Wikipedia:

Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor. He is known for his film roles as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the drama Fruitvale Station (2013), boxer Adonis Creed in the Rocky sequel film Creed (2015) and main antagonist Erik Killmonger in Black Panther (2018), all three of which were directed by Ryan Coogler.

Jordan’s television roles include Wallace in the HBO series The Wire (2002), Reggie Montgomery in the ABC series All My Children (2003–2006) and Vince Howard in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights (2009–2011). His other film performances also include Maurice “Bumps” Wilson in Red Tails (2012), Steve Montgomery in Chronicle (2012), Mikey in That Awkward Moment (2014) and the Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2015).

And now he’s the (first) Coach Guy. From W Magazine, “Michael B. Jordan Is Coach’s First Male Campaign Star” by Marissa G. Muller on 9/20/18:

Few are having a better year than Michael B. Jordan. After starring in the historical box office hit Black Panther, the actor is making history once again — this time as the first male campaign star for Coach. Jordan is joining Selena Gomez and the rest of the Coach family as the global face of men’s ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrance, starting with the Spring 2019 season.

(…privately fantasizing about MBJ fragrances…)

Coach has fashioned this slick high-end hoodie — no doubt ruinously expensive — in a light and bright pattern (presumably to side-step the thuggish connotations of dark hoodies on black men) for MBJ, which I show here mostly because it features MBJ’s wonderful smile:


As a complex portrait, this is wonderful. But I wonder which men would wear such a garment in what circumstances.

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