The effects of the devastation in Baltimore are far and wide reaching — globally, socio-economically, ethnically, and spiritually. Diverse people from all sectors have expressed strong emotion regarding the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody and the rioting in the streets that has happened since then, with multiple police officers injured and businesses looted and burned. Most recently, six police officers in Baltimore were charged in Gray’s death.
The emotional fallout has even affected the famous. Apparently, The Walking Dead actor Chad Coleman was on the subway in New York City when he began to shout his outrage over the situation in Baltimore. Those nearby said the actor did not appear intoxicated or impaired in any manner, simply full of conviction and angry as he made his proclamation loud enough for the whole subway car to hear. He paced up and down the car and screamed obscenities as the entire meltdown was captured on video.
“Where my humanitarians are? Yes! I’m Chad L. Coleman! I’m on The Wire, I’m on The Walking Dead, I’m not trying to play no f—ing games with you! Yes, I’m an actor! You want me on TMZ, record it! Where is my humanitarian? If you care, f—ing care!”
In the four-minute video recorded by TMZ, the same themes are said repeatedly. When TMZ contacted Coleman later, he claimed he was completely sober at the time of the tirade. If you haven’t seen the video, you can catch it above. He claims that his call for humanitarians were in response to the happenings in Baltimore.
His tirade encouraged people to get out their phones and record him, and his angry nature appeared to frighten many of the riders. Others tried to calmly interact with him, saying they’d seen him on TV. He calmed a bit toward the end of the video.
Coleman later claimed that his rant began after he boarded the subway and heard someone say “No, we don’t know that f***ing n****r” in relation to the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.
Coleman, who is African American, plays the role of Tyrese on The Walking Dead and Cutty on The Wire. His representative made no comment. Although Coleman denied allegations of being impaired, many people who have commented on the video stated that they believed he was.
What are your thoughts on his actions?
[Photo via The Boston Herald]