Aug 28, 2014 1:34 AM by Rebecca Taylor

Orlando Jones 'Bullet Bucket Challenge' impacts Tucson

TUCSON - Actor and comedian Orlando Jones has taken the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' for ALS to a new level.

Instead of cold water Jones poured bullets over his head to bring attention to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The video's only a week old and it's become an internet sensation.

Jones took the time to talk with News 4 Tucson's Rebecca Taylor.

Jones tells Taylor that he is nominating us all to listen, love and reverse the hate.

So far his 'Bullet Bucket Challenge' has been viewed 1.6 million times.

Taylor asks, "What did the bullets feel like being dumped over your head?"

"It's hilarious actually," says Jones. "I did not expect them to get stuck in my hair and all that jazz. It kind of hurt because they're obviously brass."

Jones isn't afraid to get dirty nor speak his mind. He took time off the set of his Sleepy Hollow television series filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, to Skype with Taylor about the video's popularity.

The two minute upload is inspired by the shooting death of black, unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

"I don't have a problem with law enforcement. Have I been profiled by law enforcement? Yes. But that doesn't mean everyone in law enforcement is bad, so for me I wanted to ask something for myself," says Jones, "and that was to listen without prejudice, love without limits and reverse the hate."

"I thought it was powerful that he was able to do it," says student Thomas Martin who attends the University of Arizona. Martin says he applauds the actor's efforts.

Martin helped organize an 11 person caravan from Tucson to Ferguson, Missouri. It's part of a national movement and Labor Day weekend march to help re-build the community.

Martin thinks highly of Jones using his celebrity to motivate peace.

"It was also interesting because at the end of the video Jones said that he was an officer and member of the National Rifle Association so he wasn't coming from a 'let's put our guns down' or anti-police, which a lot of people try to take things to be," said Martin who is part of the so-called Black Lives Matter Ride.

Taylor asks, "What is the message you want to get across?"

Jones responds, "For me this issue is a human rights issue and I think it's a global issue. I believe it's without color, without politics and it's simply finding a way for us to make the world a better place than it is right now."

Jones is a member of the Louisiana Police Department in an observe capacity. He says friends at the department provided him the shell casings, estimated to be between 300 and 400 in the bucket.

If you'd like to see Jones' full video clip, click here.


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