Unless you’ve lived through Hurricane Irma, don’t judge.
Tyson Beckford could have easily been attending a celebrity event way away from South Florida. Instead the model stayed and helped not only his family members but the entire community get through the storm that ripped through the Sunshine State.
The “Make Me A Supermodel” host told TMZ that after he posted videos of the massive storm surge in the Brickell area on Sunday, he had received backlash on social media from people saying he should have evacuated and calling him an “idiot” for staying put.
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Comments ran the gamut. Some followers were concerned, while many thought he should have fled.
One person wrote on Facebook, “Why didn’t you evacuate?... I don’t need your sexy *** blowing away Tyson!
Another added: “So your one of those idiots that ignore Evac orders.”
And this post: “Ur crazy for staying..not impressed.”
“People can go to hell! They don’t understand!” griped Beckford in a video Monday. “How do you leave your family? How do I say to my dad, ‘Oh I didn’t check on my aunt [so I could] go to New York and sit front row at some Fashion Week show? That’s his favorite sister!”
So, yeah, we gotta give props where they are due.
“Where was I gonna go?” the New York native asked rhetorically. “Run [away] when my people needed me? That’s just selfish.”
The former model has been riding around Miami, passing out supplies with food, water and medical supplies, helping anyone he can.
“Basically, we have food, gas, cans of tuna, a container full of water,” he explained, referring to the vehicle behind him. “I mean, at one point this Jeep probably had 300 bottles of water back there.”
He’s glad he stayed where he was needed.
“I’ve been through a few storms before,” said Beckford. “That’s what a community does. That’s the human thing to do.”
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