Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance’s teenage son apologizes for taking part in fake celebrity death TikTok trend


The son of actress Angela Bassett has issued an apology after receiving backlash for a viral video of him telling his parents that actor Michael B. Jordan had died.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to all of Michael B. Jordan’s family, his extended family and to him directly as he is my idol,” Slater Vance said in an apology video on his Instagram account. “Participating in a trend like this is completely disrespectful. I don’t wish any bad consequences of my actions on his family or my parents because they don’t deserve any backlash,” Vance said.

In the 27-second Tik Tok video, actress Angela Bassett and husband actor Courtney B. Vance are in a room with 16-year-old Slater, who is heard asking his parents if they had heard of the death by actor Michael B. Jordan. Bassett, who is clearly emotional after hearing the news, is seen walking towards her son as if looking to see where he was reading the news.

The video, which has since been deleted, does not show Bassett’s reaction when she learned she was being set up.

Young Vance’s prank was part of a viral Tik Tok trend where users lie to their parents about celebrity deaths to see their reaction.

Bassett and Jordan are co-stars in the “Black Panther” film franchise.


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