— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 19, 2018
Fans, hopeful that the pair were romantically involved, shared their hilarious reactions to the exchange, ranging from confused to complete freak-outs (predominantly in GIF form).
— Evette Dionne (Mrs. Boseman, preferably) 🤔 (@freeblackgirl) February 20, 2018
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 20, 2018
We all up in your conversation like pic.twitter.com/XoFHlnScrv
— Carmen Ellington (@ReallySeeME) February 20, 2018
Until Jordan cleared the air: It was all part of a celebrity prank show, MTV’s Safeword.
“Aight y’all know wassup lmao,” he tweeted. “playing #safeword with @SteeloBrim who doesn’t care about life and took the L hahaa.”
— Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) February 20, 2018
“MTV’s SafeWord is a new comedy show where famous friends become frenemies through a series of fun and daring games,” according to the network’s website. “Hosted by Terrence J, each celebrity is paired with our ‘Safety Crew’ of comedians who help push their opponent out of their comfort zone. The only thing that can stop the humiliation is to use their ‘safe word.’”