Actor Richard T. Jones, star of Why Did I Get Married,Why Did I Get Married, Too, & The Wood totally tanked last week while attempting to deliver a commencement speech at University of Maryland University College.
After a brief introduction that was full of high expectations, Richard came to the podium and told the graduates, “Wow! I had this great speech ready for you guys and then you put me behind a bunch of doctors. You put an actor…behind a bunch of doctors…and then they said everything I wanted to say so I figure I’ll keep talking until I say something. I had such great analogies. I had such great quotes…And every one was used already. I’m glad I looked up a word called improve because that is what is going to happen here.”
He then spent the remaining 10 minutes stumbling through incoherent thoughts as he attempted to improvise his commencement speech. A grad student in attendance writes:
As someone who was there, it was the most pathetic and embarrassing moment of my life. As an African-American female who was receiving a doctorate degree on this day, I had never been so angry and upset by the antics of an African-American male. He should be ashamed of himself for not being better prepared. It was disrespectful and a disgrace.