Man whose tirade beatdown at bagel shop went viral gives interview
The Long Island man who became an overnight sensation after his rant at a bagel shop in New York was cut short by a beatdown has given his local news station an interview.
And it is a doozy.
Chris Morgan, who was a customer at Bagel Boss, unknowingly took social media by storm after video of his tirade about being a victim of bullying followed by accosting other customers in line was interrupted by a man who tackled him to the ground.
The altercation apparently started because Morgan, 45, thought staff at the bagel shop were making fun of him because of his height. In the video, he is visibly shorter than other customers and intentionally bumps into a man who he barely reaches the height of his chest.
Morgan says he’s 5 feet tall.
The clip was posted on Wednesday morning by a Twitter user without that many followers, and yet within 24 hours, it had been viewed 20 million times.
News 12 Long Island, posted a nine-minute long interview on its Facebook page, where Morgan still bemoans his treatment in both his public and private life.
He states that he is the modern-day “Martin Luther King” for victims of bullying.
“It’s gonna end today. I’m going to end it. I’m the current prophet. I’m the current Martin Luther King. And if nobody likes it, too bad. …
“I’m not putting up with that. Never again,” an agitated Morgan says on camera.
He went on to describe bullying he’s faced throughout the course of his life — people cutting in front of him in line, robbing him, women “using me, abusing me, lying to my face, and you take my money, cut me off and say I’m too short.”
Morgan told the station he had yet to see the video because his “phone’s working slow.”
He added he doesn’t need to see the clip.
“I lived it man,” he told the reporter.
Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Samson at 412-320-7845, [email protected] or via Twitter .