A Celebrity's Ice Bucket Challenge Takes An Unexpected Turn That I Want Everyone To See

Maz Ali Curator:

Like a lot of us at this point, actor and comedian Orlando Jones was nominated to take the ice bucket challenge. He dutifully accepted and agreed to make a donation in support of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) treatment and research. But when he turns that bucket up, you'll see that he has another deadly "disease" in mind.

The ice bucket challenge is a truly awesome phenomenon, and it has generated bookoos of attention and donations for a really important cause. It wasn't originally about ALS, but advocates saw the perfect wave and smartly chose to ride it.

Jones made this video in the same spirit:

I wanted to do what ALS did, co-opt a viral thing and make it my own, to talk about the insanity happening in Ferguson and just around the world. ... 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.

The video closes with Jones issuing a challenge to everyone who sees it: "To listen without prejudice. To love without limits. And to reverse the hate."

Now that may not be as simple as dumping a bucket of ice water — or shell casings — on our heads, but it's as worthy an undertaking as there ever were.

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Orlando Jones: Hi, I'm Orlando Jones, and I'm joining lots of other people and bringing attention to this very serious disease by accepting this challenge. Ohh.

Okay. I think the intention behind the Ice Challenge, the Ice Bucket Challenge, as it's sometimes called, is great, and I'm gladly going to send my $100 check to support A.L.S. However, oh man, this past week, I've watched an American city become something akin to a war zone and, you know, what's happening in Ferguson looks like a copycat because we've seen it happen in so many other cities around the world and around the globe, which I think are the same thing. It's this sort of us versus them mentality.

Now, Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong are still alive, but Gandhi and Martin Luther King and millions of others are dead, and they were fighting for human rights. And it all seems to stem from some militarized police force threatening the rights of people to assemble. Now, I'm a lifetime member of the N.R.A. and I'm an active member of the great state of Louisiana's police force, obviously a special member, so I'm not pointing any fingers here at anybody but myself, and I'm asking something very hard of myself. I'm challenging 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.

There may be small errors in this transcript.

Original by Orlando Jones. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Aug 22, 2014

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