The entire world mourns Chadwick Boseman, yet not all tributes are the same, nor are they equal. Fellow actor Omari Hardwick, widely-known for his recurring role as James “Ghost” St. Patrick on Starz network’sPower, joined in the affair by paying homage via Instagram.
Hardwick posted a video of his Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series award acceptance speech at the NAACP Image Awards. In a lengthy caption accompanying the video he proclaimed, “A wise man told me this morning…’”In the kingdom, no crown is wasted. When one man drops his crown, another picks it up. Pick it up, O!’” Continuing, he added, “From king Chadwick to king Hardwick….i will do THAT my brother. Rest in your glory”
Some followers were moved by his words stating, “Keep fighting the good fight, brother. Your living is not in vain.” Another fan commented, “dude.. you continue to not ever upset us with not only great acting but incredible words as well… KING Chadwick we miss you… May God continue to bless you Omari…”
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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…..
That sentiment was not broadly shared as several would follow with critical remarks on the perceived self-centeredness of Hardwick’s post. “Ummm 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 equate the two.” a fan wrote, which drew a lot of attention.
Another fan found Hardwick’s tribute tone deaf. “It’s not a put down. I am not negating Omari’s talent. But who honors someone’s death with an acceptance speech irrelevant to the deceased? Then goes on to say I’ll take your place? I don’t respect any of these ‘opinions’ feeling that’s ‘okay.’ It is actually insensitive and yall are allowing his starlight to blind you, but hey, welcome yalls new ‘king’ lol, lol.”