Actor Omari Hardwick Is going viral this morning. People on social media are upset with his “tribute” to deceased actor Chadwick Boseman.
Omari and Chadwick have had parallel careers. The two Black actors were often up for the same roles in Hollywood, and they had a healthy competition against each other.
When news of Chad’s untimely passing hit, Omari took to Twitter to tell people what he thought.
First Omari posted the full video of HIM receiving a Golden Globe award, where he quickly mentioned Chadwick.
Then he said this, about Chad’s passing:
One of my biggest honors was being one of your biggest competitors and an even bigger friend. …
A wise man told me this morning…”In the Kingdom no crown is wasted. When one man drops his crown, another man picks it up. Pick it up O!”
Many feel that Omari’s response was inappropriate and self-serving. As one Tweeter posed: The man’s body isn’t even cold yet, and you’re already talking about “picking up his crown”?
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I didn’t have enough time that fateful night to share what i whispered to you. So now i will. But not before sharing what you said first. You said “O, go claim that award that’s had your name on it from the gate…from the moment i met you. I whispered back, “Thank you Bose…for being the super hero I knew you were from the moment i met you.” Then I quickly added….”we still gotta do that movie together!” You replied: “Bet.” … I hear you whispering more than ever my dearest brother of a Black Panther. One of my biggest honors was being one of your biggest competitors and an even bigger friend. You are HUGELY missed, but I got you next to me even more on the rest of this run. A wise man told me this morning…”In the Kingdom no crown is wasted. When one man drops his crown, another man picks it up. Pick it up O!” * * From king Chadwick to king Hardwick….i will do just THAT my brother. Rest in your glory 🙏🏾🦅 👑 PS: Brave has worn his Black Panther costume everyday for the past 3 weeks.. trust me I’ll make sure he keeps wearing it…..
In 2013, Hardwick was cast in the lead role of James “Ghost” St. Patrick on the Starz crime drama-thriller, Power. The series, which is executive produced by rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and creator Courtney Kemp Agboh, premiered in 2014.