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Trinis hate actor’s rum name

Regional 29 Jun, 2021 Follow News

Michael B Jordan is changing his rum’s name from J’Ouvert

Carnival lovers in the Caribbean – especially in Trinidad and Grenada - are outraged with the name of a new rum actor Michael B Jordan has produced amid allegations of Caribbean cultural appropriation.

The Creed and Black Panther star’s J’Ouvert liquor shares its name with carnival which, while celebrating Caribbean culture, has ties to 19th century slavery.

In an Instagram post explaining the history, Trinidadian-born rapper Nicki Minaj urged Jordan to rethink its use after the drink’s launch earlier this month.

Jordan posted an apology on Instagram and confirmed plans to change the name after “a lot of listening” to the community.

The actor, who was born in California, has no links to the Caribbean.

In her post addressing the controversy, Minaj clarified that she did not believe Jordan would “intentionally do anything he thought Caribbean people would find offensive”.

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