Chadwick Boseman Gives His MTV Movie 'Best Hero' Award To Waffle House Shooting Hero James Shaw Jr.
Not all heroes wear capes.
June 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Our favorite superhero Chadwick Boseman gave his MTV Movie and TV Award to a real-life hero.
During his acceptance speech, Boseman thanked his fans for the honor but decided the popcorn statue should have another home.
"Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing, but it's even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life," Boseman said. "So I just want to acknowledge somebody that's here today. James Shaw Jr. Where are you? Stand. If you don't know James Shaw Jr., he fought off a gunman in Antioch, Tennessee at a Waffle House. He saved lives. Come on up here."
The surprised Shaw took the stage, and Boseman handed him the award.
"This is gonna live at your house," he said as the crowd cheered.
Shaw is widely considered a hero for fighting the gunman who shot up a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, in April. After news of his actions broke, Shaw admitted to having conflicting feelings about being called a hero. He later raised $90,000 for the shooting victims' families.
“I’m not a hero,” Shaw said days after the shooting. “I’m just a regular person. I think anybody could have did what I did if they’re pushed. You have to either react or fall. I chose to react because I didn’t see any other way to live.”
Check out the exchange below: