Friday, 15 October 2010
I’ve never really like T.I. I’m not a huge rap fan, never really like any of his movies, and when he was arrested a few years ago for having machine guns in his possession, I pretty much filed him away as AAA class D-bag. But then I read about what he did today and I’m not going to lie, it was pretty awesome.
This afternoon a man in Atlanta was threatening to jump off of the V103 radio station building in Atlanta, Georgia. After a few hours of listening to police try to coax the man down, rapper T.I. decided that he needed to try and help out.
So what did he do? T.I. went to the scene and told the police that he was willing to try and help talk the man down off the ledge. The police immediately sent him to the negotiator in charge and opened up a dialogue with the distressed man.
It took about 20 minutes of encouraging words from the rapper/actor to get the man to agree not to end his life. And when the man got out of the elevator at the bottom floor, T.I. was waiting for him and the two had a heart to heart.
Now T.I. is not exactly an upstanding citizen, but this is still pretty awesome. Sure there was a chance it could have gone horribly wrong with an untrained person getting involved, but at the end of the day a life was saved. And that should mean something shouldn’t it?
It’s easy to fall into the same trap people find themselves in after someone dies. In life the person was horrible, mean, greedy, racists, or all of the above, but once they have passed away the rose colored glasses come out and suddenly they were a saint. What he did today (October 14, 2010) does nothing to undo his passed misdeeds, but it does make me have a bit more respect for the man.
T.I. went out of his way to help a fellow human being and that is commendable, more than commendable, it’s amazing in this day and age. And maybe it really does mean he has turned over a new leaf, and of that I am cautiously optimistic.
So (although you’ll probably never read this) good job today, T.I. You did something rather than just stand around and watch the drama unfold, and that’s more than most people. Keep up the good work.
What do you think of T.I.'s actions? Would you have done the same?