TV Star Takes Heat for Bullet-Laden Bucket Challenge

Monday, 25 Aug 2014 08:02 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Actor Orlando Jones says there's been a backlash to his head-turning take on the popular ice bucket challenge to raise money for ALS.

The star of Fox's "Sleepy Hallow" last week uploaded a video of himself pouring a bucket full of bullets over her his head to highlight the racially charged police slaying of Missouri teen Michael Brown,.

"I am asking something very hard of myself, I'm challenging myself to listen without prejudice, love without limits, and reverse the hate," he said in the video. "That's my challenge to me and hopefully you'll accept this challenge too."

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Later, Jones released a statement on his Tumblr page saying his "heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy." 

Jones told Buzz Feed he will still donate $100 to an ALS charity. 

But not everyone appreciated his point.

"There are people who go, 'Where am I going to find a bunch of bullets to pour on my head?' and I just sort of go, 'Wow, you're not even listening'," he told Buzz Feed.

"Then there are people who say, 'Well, you should wait until a verdict is rendered before you make a judgment,' and I go, 'Well, that's a really interesting point of view because people are rendering judgment on Mike Brown and discussing his character.' It's interesting to see how people react."

Jones said despite the backlash, "I'm not making any judgments, which is why I'm saying I'm a member of the [National Rifle Association]."

"Do I agree with all their views? No," he said. "Joining those organizations that you sometimes disagree with and having a voice within them is the way to affect real change. Screaming at them… is not a constructive conversation."

In a later interview with CNN, Jones conceded "none of this are new things we're dealing with."

"But the question for me was, where was I when it was happening to people who did not look like me, why did I not stand up then, and I wanted to call myself out on that," he said.

"[A]ny time you're attempting to have a conversation to try and affect change, you have to find a common ground. And we can't do that by pointing the finger at others. Truthfully, black-on-black crime is the number one killer of black people as white-on-white crime is the number one killer of white people.

"So to point the finger at those organizations and point them at a color that says they are all bad or they do not have members that are, in fact, people of color who are just as outraged as we are, I don't think is a —  it's not a reasonable conversation. … for me it was to say, if we're going to solve this problem, it's something we all do together."

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