Angela Bassett’s Teenage Son Issues Tearful Apology After ‘Michael B. Jordan Died’ Prank Gets Backlash: I Sincerely Apologize For Taking Part In Such A Harmful Trend
The newest viral Tik Tok trend has landed one celebrity kid in hot water.
Slater Vance, son of famed actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, shed tears of regret for partaking in the “dead celebrity prank”, which has been trending recently on social media.
In the video posted to Tik Tok, 16-year-old Slater read a prank headline to his parents that stated Bassett’s “Black Panther” co-star Michael B. Jordan had died at 35. Immediately after, the award winning actress dropped her jaw in disbelief repeatedly stating:
“uh un, uh un, uh un,”
WHY WOULD HE DO THAT pic.twitter.com/K526VXtPkk
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“The Preacher’s Wife” star Courtney B. Vance, who has been married to Bassett since 1997, called the joke out on its bluff. He stated:
“Stop it, you playing”
Subsequent, a laughing Slater seems to gives the joke up, admitting the whole thing was a ruse. The alarming trend of pranking “regular people” about celebrity deaths has been increasingly popular online. Users tell their parents that their fav socialite have passed away in hopes of catching viral worthy reactions. Celebrities such as Lil Wayne, Eminem, Donald Trump, and Randy Jackson have been killed off by young Tik Tok’ers and their parents are thrown into emotional turmoil.
While many users have found the trend comical, the case was vastly different for Slater. Shortly after his video went viral, many individuals attacked the teenager for participating in the trend, seeing as though his mother knows the fake dead actor well. As you may recall, the cast of “Black Panther” are presumably still reeling from the loss of films original star Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer back in 2020. Some users referenced this point, explaining why Slater’s actions were individually irresponsible.
It seems the celebrity kid came to that conclusion as well. Following immense backlash, Slater posted an apology to his Tik Tok. Tearful and regretful of his actions, he stated:
“I would sincerely like to apologize…for taking part in such a harmful trend. I apologize to Michael B. Jordan’s entire family, his extended family, and him directly as he is an idol of mine and taking part in a trend like this is completely disrespectful,”
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“I don’t wish any bad ramifications…of my actions upon his family nor my parents as they deserve none of the backlash. I own this was a mistake, and I hope this can be a teaching lesson to anyone else who uses social media as a tool and source of entertainment to truly understand that your actions can have consequences that extend beyond you. I apologize for any hurt that my actions may have cause Mr. Jordan or my parents or anyone else who could’ve been involved…I’m truly truly sincerely sorry,”
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