Actor Michael Rapaport was pelted in the back of the head with a snowball by an angry New Yorker just as he started a new Instagram rant on cancel culture after going on similar diatribes about shoplifting and rising crime in the Big Apple.
Rapaport, 51, who has been criticizing crime in New York after he say someone brazenly shoplifting in front of him at an Upper East Side Rite Aid, began a new rant on Thursday afternoon as he took aim at those calling out Whoopi Goldberg, who has been suspended from The View following claims she made about the Holocaust.
‘You know, this whole c**p with this cancel culture and the…,’ Rapaport says before a snowball to the back of the head cuts him off.
The screen goes white from the snowball as a man could be heard saying, ‘Shut up, Shut the f**k up. Nobody wants to hear it.’
Rapaport curses at the man, who continues to say: ‘You’ve been talking all f**king week . We don’t care what you have to say. Just stop talking.’
The actors responds: ‘You got me right in my f**king head, a**hole. D*mn it,’ before the video cuts off.
It’s unclear if the video Rapaport posted of the incident with the caption ‘RANT GONE WRONG’, features a genuine attack by a stranger or if it was a prank with a friend – with some suspecting the angry New Yorker may be Rapaport’s comedian friend Bill Burr.
Actor Michael Rapaport was beginning his latest rant on Thursday afternoon, when someone threw the snowball (seen incoming right)
The rant was cut short after a passersby pelted him in the back of the head with a snowball
His video came less than one week after he captured a brazen thief walking out of the pharmacy with two shopping bags of stolen goods.
The Rite Aid store on the Upper East Side is scheduled to close on February 15 due in part to a recent rash of thefts and Rapaport has slammed New York’s lenient bail reform for the rising crime plaguing the city.
Rapaport returned to his neighborhood Rite Aid on Sunday only to find shelves empty just days after he saw a brazen thief calmly walk out of the store with two shopping bags full of stolen goods.
‘Back in my Rite Aid,’ he said in a video posted to his Instagram on Sunday. ‘And there’s nothing to steal because this Rite Aid like so many other Rite Aids is closing down because everybody stole everything. And the workers here don’t know if they’re getting jobs.
‘Congratulations, losers,’ the 51-year-old actor concluded in the video, which had already garnered 20,570 views in just one hour.
The actor, known for his work on Boston Public, originally captured a bold thief sauntering out of the store, at 80th Street and 2nd Avenue, with two shopping bags full of stolen goods last week.
Actor and comedian Michael Rapaport, who posted footage on Instagram of a bold thief going for a shoplifting spree in NYC on Tuesday, said he was ‘disgusted’ by the brazen crime
Rapaport said the man in his footage filled two bags with stolen goods before nonchalantly strolling past security and leaving
Actor Michael Rapaport, 51, returned to his local Rite Aid on the Upper East Side on Sunday to showcase how the shelves were empty
Rapaport said in a video posted to his Instagram that ‘there’s nothing to steal because this Rite Aid like so many other Rite Aids is closing down because everybody stole everything’
He filmed the thief sauntering out of the Rite Aid, while the exasperated actor fumbled with his words before shouting, ‘I can’t believe I’m seeing this s**t!’
‘He’s walking down the street like s**t is Gucci, he looked me in the face like ”what’s good.” I was watching him the whole time! My man just went Christmas shopping in January.’
The Heat star captions the video: ‘Duke just went CHRISTMAS SHOPPING at @riteaid I’m TRIPPING this happened in broad day like it was nothing. New @iamrapaport discusses it all. I was just informed this Rite Aid is closing 2/15 because of this, leaving the workers JOBLESS. @ericadamsfornyc YO,’ tagging the drug store chain and New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
He told DailyMail.com that he initially thought the thief was an employee because ‘he was just so deliberate and casual.’
He said he was ‘disgusted’ and ‘surprised’ when he saw the thief stocking up on items from three different sections of the pharmacy before deciding he was satisfied.
‘These criminals know there are no ramifications. We have to put more of these mfers in jail,’ he said.
‘You see all these videos on Instagram of people shoplifting like they’re going for a walk in the park. It’s pathetic that this is happening in the greatest city in the world,’ Rapaport said last week.
Rapaport told DailyMail.com he was ‘disgusted’ and ‘surprised’ when he saw the thief stocking up on items from three different sections of the pharmacy before deciding he was satisfied
Rapaport put the blame on former Mayor Bill de Blasio, who embraced soft-on-crime policies such as bail reform and police budget cuts.
However, Rapaport said that new Mayor Adams could right the ship: ‘I think Eric Adams knows what’s going on, he knows how to deal with crime. I’m just hoping he lives up to our expectations.’
The actor said he relies on that Rite Aid, where he buys his mood stabilizers, and that he and many others in the community are now losing their neighborhood pharmacy – and its workers are losing their jobs – because of the rampant shoplifting.
‘These people are gonna be out of a job because of guys like this scumbum,’ he said, using the invented word as a combination of ‘scumbag’ and ‘bum.’
Rapaport, 51, an actor-turned-podcaster, began his career in the early 1990s and has starred in films including The Heat, Deep Blue Sea, Dr. Dolittle 2 and True Romance. He was born and raised in Manhattan, where he currently lives with his wife Kebe Dunne.
The two married in 2016. Rapaport was previously married to Nichole Beattie from 2000 to 2007, when they divorced. Rapaport and Beattie have two children: Maceo Shane, 20, and Julian Ali, 22.