The actor and producer who went viral on social media over his video of himself telling a black audience “kill yourself” after the death of Trayvon Martin says he’ll stop his social media rants if he gets his way.
“If the world needs me, then I’ll be there,” Peter Cullens said Tuesday during a phone interview with the ABC.
The comedian, who is white, said he was “disgusted” with the negative attention that his video received and that he would no longer be commenting on his YouTube channel.
“People are going to be like, ‘Well, it’s the truth, you’re a racist, you don’t have a clue about what it’s like to be a black person,'” he said.
“It’s going to make me feel worse than I already feel.”
The comedian has not spoken publicly since the video went viral, but he told ABC News he would be “disappointed” if the video made him feel less comfortable.
The comments about his race, however, are likely to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
In the video, Cullens is seen talking about his own experience growing up in South Carolina, where he says “it’s hard to tell a white person to just kill themselves” because he believes that “it would be an injustice.”
Cullens says he’s “never seen anyone kill themselves, even in the movies.”
“I can’t believe people are still talking about it, and saying it’s a black thing, when it’s not,” he said, adding, “It feels like they want to make a point, but they’re missing the point.
They’re missing what it really is.”
In the past, Cullen has appeared in numerous documentaries, including one about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Cullens has also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and his own show, The Peter Cullins Show.
His social media presence has increased over the past year, with a series of viral videos and a Facebook Live video.
On Tuesday, he was in Atlanta with his wife, Kristina, and their son, Connor.
“I’m very proud of our son, who I think has the most positive influence I’ve had in my life,” Cullens told ABC.
“We have a lot of fun together, but I’m very happy and proud of him.”
Cullen said he did not want to give up on the YouTube channel he created.
“As long as people love me, I’ll keep making videos,” he told the ABC, adding that he hopes people “take a stand for us.
We need to stand up, and fight for what we believe in.”
He said he hopes his family and fans would stand with him and “take it seriously.”
He also suggested that other celebrities who were part of the viral backlash could stand with his cause.
“Let’s do something,” Cullins said.