“The 100” actor’s comment lands him in hot water with fans
Washington landed in the cross hairs of the social media mob on Wednesday after he tweeted a little unsolicited advice to Chris Rock on how to deal with alleged police profiling.
“I sold my $90,000.00 Mercedes G500 and bought 3 Prius’s, because I got tired of being pulled over by Police. #Adapt @chrisrock,” Washington tweeted.
After Twitter users came hard for Washington, he followed it up with a tweet saying: “Anyway, you millennial’s critique and misconstrue my message to @chrisrock I’m getting back to my work to help free all y’all. #Truthdom.”
His comments didn’t go over too well, with many Twitter users accusing Washington of being out of touch, including The Roots drummer Questlove, who said a Prius is not a solution to the problem of ‘Driving While Black.’
“The 100” actor’s tweets were prompted by earlier social media posts from “Top Five” actor-director Rock saying he had been stopped by police three times in two months — suggesting he was being racially profiled.
“Stopped by the cops again wish me luck,” Rock wrote in an Instagram post Monday, along with a selfie of himself behind the wheel of a car with a blue light shining through his rear window.
A month earlier, Rock posted another selfie with the caption: “I’m not even driving stop [sic] by the cops again.”
That followed a post from two months ago after another traffic stop, “Just got pulled over by the cops wish me luck,” he captioned a photo of himself taken during the daytime so you can clearly see the patrol car behind him.
As for Washington, despite being pummeled on social media, the ex-“Grey’s Anatomy” star took the controversy in stride. In fact, he revealed the spirited debate had landed him a chat with CNN anchor Don Lemon.