Flame war on!
Cosmic rays turned that "A" into a "4." (photo via 20th Century Fox)
When actor Michael B. Jordan was given the role of Johnny Storm (aka "The Human Torch") in the new Fantastic Four reboot, the bowels of the internet erupted with the familiar racist caterwauling from angry white nerds who "aren't racist, BUT..." (Most of their complaints boil down to "Wahhh, but I want to watch a white guy turn into a fiery guy!")
Jordan recently addressed his racist critics in Entertainment Weekly:
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." Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself—a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.
Thankfully, we're still a few years away from families with cosmically mutated orange rock children. Also, it's worth pointing out that there wasn't nearly as much outcry over other deviations from the comic book (the Fantastic Four are much younger, Sue Storm is adopted, they gain their powers through dimensional travel instead of the laughable "cosmic rays," etc.)
He went on to give some great advice for everyone:
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 okay to like it.
Stop reading this and go outside! Get some cosmic rays!
(OK, maybe just open a window.)