Chiiile. “Power” actor Omari Hardwick rubbed people the wrong way after posting a eulogy for late actor Chadwick Boseman and referring to him as his “competitor”. Fans flooded Omari’s comments, ungently reminding him that he, in no shape way or form was comparable to Boseman’s legacy.
To be fair, the message seemed to have good intentions. Also in the video Omari posted, he speaks about his history with Boseman briefly, sending him a salute in the audience. Does this read like Omari was being shady to you?
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…..
Omari’s message was accompanied by this video of himself accepting his award for his role on “Power” referring to Chadwick who sat in the audience.
Fans were and still are fuming over this message. Is it warranted though?
Hit the flip to more of how people are reacting to Omari’s tribute!
Omari has since defended himself numerous times on Instagram in his comments.
When a fan told the “Power” actor;
“How did you manage to make Chadwick passing about you? You played a drug dealer and Chadwick played some of the greatest inspirations for African-Americans. You can’t even equal the two.”
He clapped back saying;
“Your message is as cancerous as what Chad fought. Sad. Good luck going forward. God bless you. “
He also further explained himself to a fan who supported the “picking up crown” part of his message.
“I am sorry some to any didn’t get that I was honoring just that fact you just stated,” wrote Omari. “His person. His art. His humility. His purpose. His kingship. And that in the business of it all…where we compete for roles whether want to believe it or not…it was my HONOR to be in that pool against him. Every day of our lives we compete. I humbly honored a man I was sooo honored to compete with. I equally honor hearts & eyes like yours. God bless you and your tribe.”
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