By Ryan Velez
Michael B. Jordan is on top of the world right now, being one of the pivotal pieces of the wildly-successful Black Panther movie, and being one of Hollywood’s brightest young Black stars. The Daily Mail reports that he had a little bit of fun at the expense of someone who poked fun of his height, love of Japanese anime, and the fact that he lived with his parents.
“First of All I’m 6ft and they live with ME, put some respeck on my name. LOL,” the 31-year-old actor – who boasts 5.8M social media followers – tweeted. “Aaaand [manga series Dragon Ball and Naruto] are real ones lol.”
The news that Jordan and his parents live together first came out in an interview on The Ellen Degeneres Show on February 6th. At the time, he mentioned that he wanted to move out of his first L.A. home “immediately.” “Yes, as soon as I can. I love my parents but we have a roommate relationship right now, which is interesting,” he revealed on the daytime talk show.
“You get homecooked meals but then you also have random trips to the kitchen in the middle of the night – just the random run-ins that might be uncomfortable from time to time.” While this exchange seems to be Jordan having a little fun with a Twitter hater, and his situation doesn’t reflect the average person, this does open up an interesting discussion about living with your parents.
For the most part, the idea that a child needs to get going as soon as they are of age is an American concept. In some cultures, it’s more about waiting until they get financially on their feet, or even until they get married. In traditional Indian culture, it’s actually considered disrespectful to leave before then, as you should be supporting your parents. Taking the cultural piece aside, there are financial benefits as well. The fact of the matter is housing prices are extremely expensive for rent or owning, especially if you live in certain parts of the country. With people coming out of school with massive student loan debt, staying at home, if possible, offers a chance to use that entry-level salary to mostly wear down that debt. Yes, you will probably be the butt of a few jokes, but your solid financial platform may leave you smiling in the end.