“We’re going streaking!” The immortal words of Frank the Tank from Old School are routinely heard at parties on college campuses and at other millennial functions. A comedy about friends who aspire to never grow up, but remain in a perpetual state of adolescence, booze-filled evenings and loose women, the streaking scene with Will Ferrell is one that many young males have attempted to replicate.
Last week, a regrettably violent one for Black people across the United States, a young white male decided to take up the “Frank the Tank” challenge in the former capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia.
Three Black people found the “Frank the Tank” challenge being undertaken by the lone white guy a sight extremely unbecoming and decided severe intervention was necessary to dissuade anyone from ever attempting said challenge again:
RICHMOND - A naked man being attacked outside a Richmond bar, and it's caught on tape.
The video shows the naked man being assaulted in front of many witnesses. The woman, Cari Werz, says she decided to shoot video of the incident the minute she saw three large men approach the naked man thinking it was going to get ugly.
She also thought police might need the video for evidence, but she says they never asked for it.
"I get chills still watching it", says Werz.
"Two guys punched him…and then now three of them are kicking him, and he's laying helpless on the ground. Not trying to attack back, just trying to cover his face", she says.
It happened around 2 a.m. Sunday. The bars had just let out. 200 to 300 people were outside on the corner of Robinson and Main in Richmond's fan district, and a naked man, in his 20's, intoxicated, in the middle of the street.
"He was stumbling around not trying to fight anyone. He wasn't acting violent", she says.
The naked man approaches an SUV full of men, and a few seconds later, "three of the men jumped out. One of them punched the guy on the side of the face. He helplessly fell to the ground. Covered his face to protect himself, and the men continued to kick him from the front and from the back", says Werz.
Soon, police arrived and Werz shows two of the officers of the video.
"Both of them said they didn't need it, that they had what they needed", she says
Starlite Lounge bouncer Simon Coon also witnessed the attack. He says the naked man attempted attempted to get inside his bar just a few minutes before.
Coon says he was shocked at what happened next, and says that he and other bar patrons jumped in as soon as the first punch was thrown.
"[The naked man] was in no danger of hurting anyone, he was barely able to stand on his own", says Coon.
At the end, no charges were filed in this case.
"I honestly think it's appalling that three men can jump out of the car and maliciously attack someone and then get away with it…Having them still on the streets is just terrifying", says Werz.
Richmond Police Public Relations Manager, Gene Lepley released this statement:
"After viewing the video, speaking with eyewitnesses and interviewing the persons involved in the incident, none of whom wanted to press charges, the officers used their discretion not to file charges that night. They have filed a case report which will be used by a detective as the basis for a follow up investigation. Charges could still be filed in this case."
Whatever potent inebriate the naked man attempting the “Frank the Tank” challenge imbibed prior to his foray into streaking, we can only assume it felt so good when it touched his lips. The six Black fists that repeatedly pummeled his face couldn’t have felt the same.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that every major United States city is unsafe for streaking. When a white boy can’t walk down the street in his birthday suit – egged on by the five or six shots of liquor acting as liquid courage in his bloodstream – you know you have severe problems.
It’s not like he had a sign on with same message that John McClane had in Die Hard with a Vengeance, though the three Black people who attacked the white guy streaking might have taken the message Zeus (played by Samuel L. Jackson) espoused during the film literally.