Angela Bassett’s teenage son got himself into some hot internet water.
16-year-old Slater Vance recently went viral on TikTok with a prank on his mom about Michael B. Jordan that went a bit sideways.
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In the video, which has since been deleted, Slater filmed as he told his mom that the “Creed” star had died suddenly, causing her to panic before she realized it was a prank.
After deleting the video, which offended many TikTok users, the teenager uploaded a new video apologizing for the prank.
“I would sincerely like to apologize for taking part in such a harmful trend,” he said. “I apologize to Michael B. Jordan‘s entire family, his extended family and Michael directly as he is an idol of mine and taking part in a trend like this is completely disrespectful.”
He continued, “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 a source of entertainment to truly understand that your actions can have consequences that extend beyond you.”
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Finally, Slater added, “I apologize for any hurt that my actions might have caused Mr. Jordan or my parents or anyone else who could have been involved in this, and I am truly, truly and sincerely sorry.”
Bassett shares Slater, and his twin sister Bronwyn, with husband and fellow actor Courtney B. Vance.