Baltimore has no chill this week. National journalists and television crews with their own personal security teams have rolled into town and it seems as though everything in the city is being documented—including Baltimoreans calling people out on their bullshit. Some videos of Baltimore residents telling off national media have already been going viral. We decided to compile some of our favorite moments of Baltimore residents and politicians telling it like it is.
CNN correspondent Miguel Marquez was attempting to cover the protests last week when resident Shaun Young grabbed his microphone and started yelling into it: "Fuck him! Fuck you! Fuck that, straight up. Fuck CNN, we here, straight up."
"They're touchy when it comes to the situation . . ."
CNN's Don Lemon interviewed both Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday, and the politicians quickly appeared to become exasperated with his questions as he attempted to get them to say that they'd make a mistake by waiting until Monday to enact a state of emergency. Apparently they decided they'd had enough of Lemon's questions; 10:30 into the video, Hogan said, "I think we're going to have to go," and they both walked off the interview, taking off their mics as Lemon awkwardly kept trying to ask questions. As Lemon wrapped up, someone walking behind him shouted, "You fucking suck, governor! Fuck you!"
"Of course it is not the right word to call our children 'thugs.'"
On Tuesday, CNN's Erin Burnett interviewed City Councilman Carl Stokes and pressed him multiple times on whether the high schoolers and rioters who caused chaos on Monday should be called "thugs." Burnett said, "They know it's wrong to steal and burn down a CVS and an old person's home. I mean, come on!" Stokes paused for a moment, then said, "'Come on'? So, calling them thugs, calling them—just call them niggers."
"He got Geraldo on the run, y'all!"
As Geraldo Rivera was reporting for Fox News Tuesday night, a protester got in front of his camera and started talking into the camera. Rivera started scolding him, saying, "You're making a fool of yourself!"
"We don't need your false coverage!" the protester yelled back. Rivera attempted to interview state Sen. Majority Leader Catherine Pugh, but he was interrupted by another protester telling him to "stop making money off of black pain." Even Pugh told Rivera he's not welcome: "We want our people to go home, but we also want the media to move back, because this is just inciting people."
After Rivera shut off his camera, the protester went in on him, telling him, "I want you and Fox News to get out of Baltimore City, because you're not here reporting about the boarded-up homes and the homeless people under MLK. You're not reporting about the poverty levels up and down North Avenue."
"Fuck that, this is his fault!"
Ex-Gov. Martin O'Malley returned to Baltimore on Tuesday, cutting short a trip to Ireland. But the former Baltimore mayor didn't exactly get a warm welcome back to Charm City: As New York magazine reported, "he was also heckled by several people. One man asked him what he was doing about the boarded-up houses in the neighborhood. 'You made a lot of promises,' he shouted. 'And I did the best that I could,' O'Malley said. 'In what community? Not in the black community!' the man responded."