Harvard graduate and former Marvel editor Christian Cooper may prove himself to be a superhero for Amy Cooper – the very woman who called the police to falsely report he had threatened her in Central Park.
The May 25 occurrence was filmed via cell phone by Christian (as we reported here) and, after being shared by his sister to Twitter, received thousands of shares across social media – not only causing a viral sensation but also igniting conversations around racial privilege.
The backlash against Amy was swift, with Twitter branding her #CloseUpKaren and #CentralParkKaren while her employer – Franklin Templeton – terminated her job less than 24 hours after the clip surfaced online (despite her public apology).
Now, just days after the incident, Christian has taken to multiple news outlets to call for a ‘cease fire’ against the ailing Amy.
“If our goal is to change the underlying factors, I am not sure that this young woman having her life completely torn apart serves that goal.” – Christian Cooper said in an interview reported by the New York Times.
The sentiment above was echoed by Christian again once he took to CNN to recount the Central Park event.
“I think her apology is sincere,” Cooper told CNN’s Don Lemon Tuesday night (May 26). “I’m not sure that in that apology she recognizes that while she may not be or consider herself a racist, that particular act was definitely racist.”
Later in the same interview, Christian told Lemon:
“I am told there has been death threats and that is wholly inappropriate and abhorrent and should stop immediately,” the 57-year-old former Marvel editor said. “I find it strange that people who were upset that … that she tried to bring death by cop down on my head, would then turn around and try to put death threats on her head. Where is the logic in that? Where does that make any kind of sense?”
In addition to losing her job, Amy has reportedly been banned from Central Park and also surrendered her dog to a local shelter.