Sleepy Hollow actor Orlando Jones is putting a new spin on the ubiquitous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
After promising to donate his $100 to the ALS Association, he proceeds to pour not ice, but shell casings over his head.
"This week, I've watched an American city become something akin to a war zone," Jones notes. "What's happening in Ferguson looks like a copycat because we've seen it in so many other cities around the world. It's an us-versus-them mentality. … It all stems from a militarized police force threatening the right of people to assemble."
Lest he be immediately pegged as a Hollywood liberal, the Alabama native makes a somewhat surprising revelation: "I'm a lifetime member of the NRA and an active member of the great state of Louisiana's police force … so I'm not pointing a finger at anybody but myself." He explained the reason behind his membership to Fusion.net:
"I had a cross burned in my front yard when I was in the 6th grade. I grew up in the Deep South and I have a very intimate relationship with race. My father carried a gun. Did he carry it because he was some thug or anarchist or wanted to hurt people? No, he wanted to protect his family. For me, I became a member (of the NRA) because I wanted to affect change in the organization. Do I share all of their ideals? No. I'm not a monolith in culture. I don't agree with all black people on everything either. I'm a complex person and I wanted to make that point."
So what is his challenge? "To listen without prejudice. To love without limits and to reverse the hate."