From the looks of it, Mike Myers and Chris Tucker felt that way too. It was almost as if time had slowed for a brief moment. Everything stopped cold and those few seconds eventually went viral before viral was even a thing.
I watched it a few times on YouTube today (ok, a lot of times) and Chris Tucker had me crying, literally. I suspect all three men would probably laugh about that moment today, but at the time…I didn’t know what to think.
We were well into the tragedy that had taken place in New Orleans and the heart wrenching images of the many, mostly black, folks who had essentially been abandoned by their government, had been streaming across media outlets from around the globe.
FEMA, the federal and the local government responses (Nagin doesn’t get a pass) had been abysmal. FEMA sent hundreds of firefighters who had volunteered to help rescue victims to Atlanta for 2 days of training classes on topics including sexual harassment and the history of FEMA. Meanwhile, local police and EMS personnel were being overwhelmed. At least two officers committed suicide, and over 300 deserted New Orleans after gang violence and turf wars erupted around the city. The Danziger Bridge killing of two unarmed bystanders by police and the subsequent cover-up is just one story of many that we may never really know.