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A Thirsty 'Black Panther' Fan Broke Her Retainer Watching Michael B. Jordan

A cautionary tale.

Lauren Messman

Lauren Messman

Photos via Black Panther trailer and Stephanie Pilick/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images.

Michael B. Jordan has proved time and time again that he's an incredible actor. At just 16, he made us cry as Wallace in The Wire and then again as Oscar Grant in Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station. But it was his turn as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther that really elicited some strong audience reactions. Take, for example, the young woman who got so worked up at Jordan's, uh, performance, she completely destroyed her retainer.

"It was the scene where Killmonger took his shirt off for the battle to become king of Wakanda," 18-year-old Sophia Robb told BuzzFeed. "I pressed my tongue against my permanent retainer and clenched my jaw so hard that the wire disconnected from my teeth."

Robb then had the unfortunate task of going into her orthodontist to explain how it was Michael B. Jordan's bare chest—not popcorn—that caused her dentistry malfunction. She said that she and the staff had a good laugh about it, but after her appointment, she made a horrifying discovery. Her orthodontist wrote about the whole thing on his Tumblr page to the joy of just about everyone else on the internet.

After seeing the post make the rounds online and realizing that the "tiny 17 year old girl thirsting so goddamn hard" was indeed her, she decided to come clean.

In exposing herself, Robb's highly relatable story got more than 129,000 retweets and racked up more than 500,000 likes. Not only that, but Michael B. Jordan himself—saint that he is—swooped in to take responsibility, offering to replace Robb's retainers for her.

Robb told BuzzFeed that she was "kinda losing it" after seeing Jordan tweet at her, so it's unclear if she's planning to take him up on the generous offer. And it doesn't seem like there are any hard feelings between her and the orthodontist, the grown man who still uses Tumblr. Robb tweeted that she's planning to go back to the guy, calling him "a real one."

As for the rest of us, let's treat Robb's story as a cautionary tale about the sheer strength of the jaw, the trust between orthodontists and patients, and most importantly, the power of Michael B. Jordan's physique. Don't worry, Sophia Robb, that girl is all of us.


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