If you travel via mass transit, especially within a busy city, you know the routine: most people hop on their train/bus, stare at the floor, and internalize their struggle or whatever is going on in their lives. Sometimes, people may dance or play music in the hopes of getting a few spare dollars, but usually people are just trying to stay in their own zone until their stop comes up. In the above video, it looks like someone transformed the dynamic on the train, and one man's Luke Cage-inspired story is catching fire on these internets.
The video, which was captured by a Brooklyn man named Crispin Booker, starts with one man walking through the crowded train car asking for people to share their stories, mentioning that "we all have something we can celebrate." Soon enough, a tall, bearded man in a navy blue hoodie dropped some intriguing darts on the people surrounding him.
"Just about a month ago," he starts, "I'd be considered a scary guy with a hoodie; black, beard. But just a month ago on Netflix, Luke Cage made it cool!" Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker told Complex that the idea of Cage rocking a hoodie was, in a sense, a way to take the power of the hoodie back, stating that while the perception of a hoodie-wearing individual might be one thing, "You can even be a hero."
The man went on to say that he works in Manhattan, works for a hedge fund, and was donating computers to the island of Grenada, saying that he's "that new face of the black, tall, dark fellow in a hoodie." With a beard.
That man wasn't the only one to share; a guy by the name of James shared the good news about a job he had. One can only imagine what was shared before the camera started rolling, but once the train hit 59th Street, it felt like the people riding in that packed train felt a bit better about their night, or at least their commute.