Marvel's Black Panther has been making all sorts of headlines since debuting in theaters on Ferbruary 16, but perhaps none as bizarre as this one. Earlier this week, a Twitter post went viral, featuring the Tumblr page of an orthodontist, who shared a story about a patient who, during the Black Panther scene where Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) takes his shirt off, clenched her teeth so hard she snapped the steel wire on her retainer. Here's the orthodontist's Tumblr post below.
"One of my patients came in for an emergency visit, because she snapped the wire on her retainer watching the movie when MBJ took his shirt off she clenched her teeth so f---ing hard she snapped it. that is the f---ing funniest shit ever to me this tiny 17 year old girl thirsting so goddamn hard she busted steel."
While the orthodontist never identified the patient, Twitter user @pixyrue, a young San Francisco woman named Sophia, who is actually 18 years of age, revealed on Twitter this past Monday that the story was from her orthodontist's Tumblr page, and that the story was about her. Sophia's tweet went viral, with over 515K likes and 135K retweets to date, which lead to the young woman being interviewed by Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, where she revealed that the retainer incident happened towards the end of Black Panther, where Erik Killmonger took his shirt off to challenge T'challa (Chadwick Boseman) for the Wakandan throne. After fielding numerous tweets from everything about her retainer, to her race (Sophia is mixed race with a black mother and white father), yesterday, Michael B. Jordan himself followed her on Twitter, before sending out this tweet to Sophia.
"Since I feel partly responsible for breaking your retainers let me know if I can replace them."
She also told Buzzfeed that she was horrified about going to the orthodontist originally, and while she admitted that, "When I told them they laughed, obviously, but it was super sweet and of course it made a great story." The orthodontist even had to defend himself since some claimed he violated his patient's confidentiality, although he didn't reveal anything about her, except her age, which in fact was the wrong age, and it was Sophia herself who confirmed her own identity on Twitter, and not the orthodontist. She also defended the orthodontist in several other tweets, stating that she will continue seeing him as her orthodontist.
Sophia revealed in another interview that after Michael B. Jordan started following her on Twitter, she sent him a direct message telling him, "It was an honor to have my retainer broken by your image. Keep doing what you're doing." The actor offered to pay for the retainer replacement, but she told him that her insurance already took care of it, although she added that, "if you're ever in the (California) Bay area, you and my orthodontist should take a photo over it," to which he responded, "totally." While we wait to see if that photo will ever happen, take a look at the original Tumblr post below, along with several of the tweets from PixyRue Twitter over the past few days.
Wait. That girl is me. That is my orthodontist’s tumblr. This is a post about me? I’m going to kill myself https://t.co/ErDqESPrWj— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 5, 2018
this is litterally my orthodontist and he's the chillest person i have ever met even though he eXPOSED ME ON THE INTERNET pic.twitter.com/g16PSMJPSC— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 5, 2018
Re: rather die a legend than live without attention for my jaw strength https://t.co/YwC73DNklB— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 5, 2018
Can we get @michaelb4jordan to see this please— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 5, 2018
Now that the tweet is viral people are questioning my race can we not do this— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 5, 2018
hey yeah lets retweet that but what we NOT finna do is ignore the fact that I am NOT white and ignore the fact that my ortho did NOTHING WRONG i exposed MYSELF he is a good man and he deserves a raise— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 5, 2018
hey if you're gonna do this 1) don't 2) don't do it like this 3) don't @ me about being white passing when your bio is literally lady bird pic.twitter.com/Ci44boGKZ2— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 5, 2018
y'all this is not cute and toxic lets not this evening pic.twitter.com/l1pyvq3kTp— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 5, 2018
I hope one day someone sees one of my posts from like 2013 and repost it like “retainer girl is problematic 👀👀”— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
I’m getting interviewed by teen vogue because I broke my retainer over @michaelb4jordan what is life— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
I hate y’all pic.twitter.com/3x2c8TdXzH— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
for everyone asking, no, I’m not going to post a photo of my retainer because it’s literally glued to my mouth— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
Okay I’m done. I don’t even need to do this but here’s me and my mother who is FULL. BLACK. anyone coming into my DMs with rude/hateful comments is automatically blocked pic.twitter.com/kV48rUyUhc— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
MICHAEL B JOrdan IS FOLLOWING ME ON TWITTER— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
I [email protected] TO SCREAM— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
It will be a summer wedding— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
wow i just DM'ed michael b jordan— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
Hey guys I am in no danger! I’m not going to kill my self! Please stop calling the police, I am okay— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
The phrasing of my retweet was wrong, and I didn’t say it expecting this many people to see it. That was my mistake. But I promise I am in no danger to myself! Please do not worry my parents by calling the police. They literally went to my house— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
Michael B Jordan replied to my DM wow this is the best day of my life— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
@pixyrue since I feel partly responsible for breaking your retainers 🤷🏾♂️ let me know if I can replace them 😅— Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) March 6, 2018
Me right now knowing that my retainer is fixed and my bills are paid pic.twitter.com/NsUdpVlcin— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 7, 2018
here i was thinking i would become a major criminal justice lawyer but in reality i am going to become Sophia (Retainer girl) Killmonger-Robb staying at home with my love children in our beautiful home and this is okay!— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 6, 2018
imagine going through all this to be known as "thirsty fan" for the rest of your life— Sophia (@pixyrue) March 7, 2018