Comedian and actor, Orlando Jones, mostly known for his roles on “Mad TV” and “Sleepy Hollow” has decided to launch a Bullet Bucket Challenge, similar to that of the now trendy ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The ice bucket challenge is raising awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)/Lou Gehrig’s disease, but Jones thinks there’s a disease that needs awareness too. It’s a disease that disproportionately affects Black people, and that’s the disease of violence.
It’s not that Jones doesn’t see the benefit of the Ice Bucket Challenge, in fact, he’s even sending his $100 check in support. The Ice Bucket Challenge has people to pouring a bucket of ice water on themselves and/or donate to in the name of awareness and finding a cure. Everyone from our favorite celebrities to YouTube sensations to your friends have participated in this challenge, posting up their videos of them shivering under the waters splatter, and at the end everyone challenges people close to them. So far, these viral efforts have raised above $15 million! The significance of the ice bucket is to feel the sensation for a few seconds that ALS sufferers feel on a daily.
Jones obviously supports this cause, he just wants to do more about the tragedy that’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri. “This past week I watched an America city become akin to something of a war zone. It’s an us versus them mentality,” Jones laments in the video.
As a card-carrying member of the NRA, Jones admits that he’s not pointing the finger at anyone. He told Fusion, “For me, I became a member [of the NRA] because I wanted to affect change in the organization. Do I share all of their ideals? No. I’m not a monolith in culture. I don’t agree with all Black people on everything either. I’m a complex person and I wanted to make that point.”
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Jones’ challenge is more of a personal testament to one’s self than a viral trend that needs to be repeated. He earnestly explained his mission, “I’m asking something very hard of myself. I’m asking myself to listen without prejudice, to love without limits and to reverse the hate, so that’s my challenge to me and hopefully you’ll accept this challenge too.”
Jones told Fusion that he’s happy with the celebrity power behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, however, “I don’t think this is the McCarthy era and we should be writing lists of who stood up and who sat down. It’s something I feel strongly about, but that doesn’t mean I’m a better person than anyone else. You’re looking into an American city and it looks like you’re looking into a war zone. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a city in the world look like a war zone, and to be fair, where was my voice then? So for me, it was like, I can no longer be silent.”
I love it. What do you think about this Bullet Bucket Challenge? Can you challenge yourself to listen without prejudice, love without limits and reverse the hate?
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