During the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which aired Monday, June 18th, Chadwick Boseman won Best Hero in a Movie for his role in Black Panther. But rather than accepting the award for himself, Boseman gave the honor to James Shaw Jr., aka the Waffle House hero.
“Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing,” Boseman said at the podium. “But it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes we have in real life. I just want to acknowledge somebody that’s here today — James Shaw Jr.”
In the early hours of April 22nd, 2018, Travis Reinking walked into a Nashville Waffle House and killed four customers. When Reinking bent down to reload his weapon, Shaw jumped into action and overtook him. He wrestled the AR-15 assault rifle away from Reinking and threw the weapon over the counter. Shaw then pushed Reinking out of the restaurant where Reinking proceeded to flee the scene.
After the shooting, Shaw created a GoFundMe fundraiser to help the families of the victims who were killed during the attack. Within just one month, Shaw’s initial request of $15,000 was met and exceeded. The page ultimately raised over $240,000.
Despite what Shaw says, he’s 100% a hero in our books, and we applaud Boseman for highlighting his actions.
Congratulations to Chadwick Boseman and the Black Panther cast, crew, and family. And thank you, Mr. Shaw, for being an outstanding human being.