According to our pals over at Eben Gregory, actor Orlando Jones just did something amazing. He pointed out a feeling that has been bothering people around the globe over the past two weeks: the popularity of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge overshadowing the tension in Ferguson, Mo.
Check him out in the video below.
It is indeed phenomenal to see stars lend their voices and raise money toward the research of the horrific, debilitating disease called ALS. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a really inventive idea that calls upon the ego of both regular folks and celebrities alike. No one wants to punk out and not do it so ALS research wins.
However, some feel that right now may not have been the best time for the viral challenge. It’s kind of hard for some to see news reports containing images of their fellow unarmed citizens being mowed down in the streets with both bullets and tear gas coupled with stories of celebs (who are taking up every form of media possible with this challenge) dumping ice water over their heads.
What stings even more is that most celebrities are not acknowledging the atrocities that we as a nation are witnessing in living color on our screens day after day. There has not been as strong of a celebrity response about the ongoing troubles in Ferguson, Mo., and people are getting ticked off by it.
The Ice Bucket Challenge almost seems like a distraction from the real life horrors in our news cycle.
There should be more research for ALS. That is a non-negotiable fact. But as Jones suggests, there must be research for another disease right now, too. Racism is a disease that is killing people at alarming rates as well.
Good for you, Mr. Jones. We sure hope others will take up your challenge, too.
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