Daiwon McPherson wanted to make a big statement when he proposed to his girlfriend. Apparently, flashmob proposals to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” aren’t cool anymore, so McPherson came up with a new plan: he staged a police standoff and pretended to get arrested. How romantic.
Friday night, McPherson’s girlfriend, Shawna Blackmon, received a phone call saying he had been stopped by the police. Blackmon immediately panicked, knowing McPherson was armed.
“I was scared. I said…’They are going to shoot him,’” she told WPMI.
A video of the proposal then shows two police cars swarming a gas station in Mobile, Alabama, where McPherson was “pulled over.” The officers jump out their cars, pull out their weapons, and order McPherson to the ground.
Blackmon quickly runs up to her boyfriend and asks the officers to not shoot. She even warns them that McPherson is armed. The officers then ask Blackmon to remove McPherson’s weapon, but when she turns around she finds her boyfriend on one knee with a ring in his hand instead. Surprise!
While Blackmon said yes to McPherson’s proposal, the public is saying no.
@BuzzFeedNews What a terrible idea!
— archaeologist_d (@archaeologist1) December 14, 2016
@BuzzFeedNews This is super messed up.
— Mr. Potato Head (@BermudaTuba) December 14, 2016
@BuzzFeedNews so many other ways to be creative. This should not be glorified.
— S B (@brownsugarkiss7) December 14, 2016
McPherson said he wanted his proposal to send a message about Black Lives Matter and police-community relations.
“First thing you’re going to think is we got another black man going to get killed by two police officers, nope that was the whole flip,” he told WPMI.
However, most people found the stunt offensive.
@CNN while his intention may of been good, this idea is a bad idea…
— Tey2 (@teytey_22) December 12, 2016
@CNN I think it was a MOCKERY of real events & he should be jaw jacked ! So annoying.
— ☺️ChocolateBlushes? (@Ionce123) December 12, 2016
@CNN what message is he sending? We should celebrate horrific events & make them light heartwarming subject. Video irritates me every time.
— Jessie Antionette (@astoldbyjessie_) December 12, 2016
@CNN This is the worst proposal idea I have heard of. How exactly did this spread peace and love or send a msg about BLM?
— Nyarzelia (@IamNyarzelia) December 12, 2016
Despite what others are saying, Blackmon thought the idea was perfect.
“I felt like that was the perfect set up to do something like that and bring everybody together,” she said.
Because nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a marriage proposal that’s really a political statement.
@CNN im sorry but i do feel this is stupid. if youre going to propose to me then propose to me. dont make it a political statement…
— HisSunshineHoward (@CSunshineSnow) December 13, 2016