MSNBC correspondent Shaquille Brewster was reporting on Hurricane Ida on Monday morning when an angry white man burst in to protest.
Brewster was doing a segment on conditions in Gulfport, Mississippi, when a truck pulled up behind him in front of the camera.
A middle-aged white man ran over to the news team and started yelling about reporting the news “accurately”.
Brewster, who is Black, calmly walked away while continuing the reporting, but the uninvited guest continued to yell at him and the camera operator. It got so bad that Brewster sent the message back to the newsroom, “because we have one person who needs a little help right now.”
At that point, the intruder ran over to Brewster and approached his face a few inches away.
MSNBC presenter Craig Melvin was shocked by the meeting.
“Hey! Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Um, we’re going to check with Shaq Brewster just to make sure everything’s okay,” he said. “There are a lot of crazy people out there. -low.”
Melvin later told viewers that “one of our penpals was disturbed by a wacky guy while filming live over there in Mississippi,” but that he was “happy to report that Shaquille Brewster is going. very well Shaq is fine.
No further details about the confrontation – or the man who initiated it – were released, but Melvin later called the man’s behavior “unacceptable and disgusting” on Twitter.
Brewster himself took to Twitter to say “the team and I are all good.”
Still, many Twitter users found the video disturbing on several levels.
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