Jonathan Majors Responds To Backlash Of His Coretta Scott King Comments

Jonathan Majors Responds To Backlash Of His Coretta Scott King Comments

01/11/2024 11:00 AM EST by WBLS Staff

Jonathan Majors insists that there is nothing wrong with his usage of Coretta Scott King’s name to describe Meagan Good during his recent ABC News interview.

 During a conversation with TMZthe outlet asked Majors about calling Meagan Good his “Coretta.” He also took time to respond to King’s youngest daughter, Dr. Bernice King, who asserted that her mother “wasn’t a prop.” While he didn’t apologize, he maintained that he has nothing but love for the civil rights icon.

“My intention was to convey my utmost respect for Coretta Scott King, her achievements, and both her personal legacy and the one she shares with her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King.” Majors continued, detailing Coretta as “a great woman [and] a very important figure in American and world history, and someone both Meagan and I are inspired by and deeply admire.”

Majors previously elaborated on his admiration for Coretta Scott King in his first interview with Good Morning America. Journalist Lindsey Davis questioned Majors about leaked audio of him demanding his ex-girlfriend to act more like Coretta. The former Marvel actor said he was simply giving an example of what dynamic he was striving for.

“It was me trying to give an analogy of what it is I’m aspiring to be. You know, these great men, Martin, President Obama, and trying to give a reference point to that,” he said. “I was attempting – and I did a terrible job at it apparently – I was attempting to motivate, to enlighten, to give perspective as to what it is I was hoping to get out of the relationship. I think that’s fair.”

 On Tuesday (Jan 9), Dr. Bernice King subliminally criticized the actor for his comments about her mother. She took to X, where she dismissed statements that portrayed her mother as a “prop.”

“My mother wasn’t a prop,” she typed. “She was a peace advocate before she met my father and was instrumental in him speaking out against the Vietnam War. Please understand…my mama was a force.” 

Jonathan Majors is set to be sentenced on Feb. 6. The Creed III star currently faces up to a year in prison for his assault conviction. Additionally, the harassment conviction potentially carries 15 days in jail and a $250 fine.