Hollywood hardman Ving Rhames ended up staring down the barrel of a gun after his neighbors phoned police to report a large black man breaking into his house.
The rest of us would call that ‘going inside’.
No Race Baiting From Rhames
Now we’re going to give Rhames his dues. In modern America, it would be so easy to turn this into a massive race baiting incident. These days, he could have a parade complete with Black Lives Matter spokespeople and a train of schoolchildren with Hollywood Public Relations execs.
That still might happen, but it won’t be Rhames that’s doing it.
The incident happened two years ago at his Santa Monica home and he didn’t make a big deal of it then, and won’t be doing anything about it now.
It came out in a radio interview and it seemed like an interesting snippet for the gun community.
Rames was in his back yard with his dogs. Then, the doorbell rang.
“I open the door [and] there’s a red dot pointed at my face from a 9mm handgun, and they say: ‘Put up your hands!’,” he said during the interview with Sirius XM. “Apparently they received a call that there was a burglary in progress.”
The thing that strikes us is not the way that a black man co-operated with police and had no major problems. It’s that we really don’t know our neighbors anymore.
Ving Rhames is a Superstar
This is Ving Rhames. He is a legend in Hollywood and one of the most instantly recognizable faces in film.
This is Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction. He’s Mission Impossible’s Luther Stickle. He killed zombies in Dawn of the Dead and he has been a Hollywood mainstay for a while now.
He’s even the man that tells you: “Arby’s, we have the meats!”
How do you NOT recognize Ving Rhames? That’s Mission Impossible. Seriously, he’s one of the most famous actors in the nation, a total institution and he’s a big dude with a pretty distinct look.
I am at a loss as to how his neighbors didn’t know they lived next to Rhames. Then, when you see one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, in his back yard with his own dogs, in basketball shorts and nothing else, I’m struggling to see how that became an unidentified black man breaking into a house.
But that’s just me…
When Police Draw Guns On You
Rhames complied and the incident was dealt with swiftly and smoothly. That seems to be the only reasonable advice when you’re faced with a cop with a drawn handgun.
Comply and inform them as quickly as possibly if you’re carrying a CCW gun. Don’t reach for it under any circumstances, and just let due process take its course.
That’s good advice whoever you are. But here, it comes from Hollywood royalty.