Walter Lee Hampton has had a history of rufflin’ a few feathers. He has posted disturbing videos in the past, which includes outing Tyler Perry and a young man’s HIV status. He makes a point to say that he has been a ATL resident for over 30 years (since 1989 to be exact) and ATL is a terrible place for black gay men to reside. He has stated that black gay men are more likely to die in ATL from AIDs related illness and/or drug addictions.
His latest video touches on the death of True Blood actor Nelsan Ellis’ and a statement that was released by Ellis’ family. According to the statement released by his family, Ellis passed away from heart failure which stems from years of drug and alcohol addictions.
A statement from Nelsan Ellis’ manager reads,
Nelsan’s father has bravely agreed for me to share the circumstances of Nelsan’s heart failure. Nelsan has suffered with drug and alcohol abuse for years. After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own. According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control. On the morning of Saturday July 8th, after four days in Woodhull Hospital, Nelsan was pronounced dead. Nelsan was a gentle, generous, and kind soul. He was a father, a son, a grandson, a brother, a nephew, and a great friend to those that were lucky enough to know him. Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life. His family, however, believes that in death he would want his life to serve as a cautionary tale in an attempt to help others.
Instead of using this moment to educate the mass on the dangers of drug and alcohol addictions, Walter insinuates that Ellis may have died from HIV complications due to the actor not taking his medication over the years. Now I can read between the lines but NOWHERE in that statement did it say anything about Nelsan Ellis having HIV or that he was even gay. Even if that was the case, I think that it quite tasteless and crass to put such information out there without facts. A man can’t even play a gay character without people assuming that he may have been gay in real life. A gay man can’t even die without people automatically assuming that he may have had HIV. This really made Walter look ignoramus in my eyes.
It’s no secret that people on Youtube are doing just about anything to get those clicks and views but you have to be accountable of the information that you put out in cyber world. This young man hasn’t even been put in the ground yet for God sakes.
If one want to prove a point, it should be used when appropriate. Walter better hope Ellis family doesn’t not get a hold of that video. A lawsuit and ass whippin’ might be in store for him…