Baltimore Ravens honor Michael K. Williams with his whistle from 'The Wire'

A whistled rendition ofThe Farmer in the Dellrang through M&T Bank Stadium ahead of the 巴尔的摩乌鸦’ 胜利 在星期天, honoring an iconic Baltimore character and the late actor who brought him to life.

The tune was an homage to Michael K. 威廉姆斯, who starred in the Baltimore-set seriesThe Wireas Omar Little, a feared and revered stick-up man. 威廉姆斯 died earlier this month in New York at age 54.
Though he was a native New Yorker, Williams endeared himself to Baltimore for his iconic performance inThe Wire.” 威廉姆斯’ portrayal was a complex, celebrated take on a character who could have been reduced to a stereotype, a gay man who robbed drug dealers but adhered to a strict moral code. Little would whistleThe Farmer in the Dell” — though some believe it was A-Hunting We Will Go,” which shares its melodyto warn potential targets of his arrival.
    The Ravens shared a video of the moment when the song began, just before the players charged onto the field, and a packed crowd cheered when they recognized the whistle.
      For Omar,” the team 发推文.
        Williams considered Baltimorea second home,” his friend Jerel Wilson told the Baltimore Sun, and he visited the city regularly when theThe Wirestopped airing (he loved to nosh on crab cakes). The actor’s time filming in Baltimore’s neglected neighborhoods motivated him to advocate for reforms there and in other cities — 在一个 2008 interview with Vulture, Williams said the show depicted anAmerican social problem,” not just a local one.
        David Simon, creator ofThe Wireand a former Baltimore Sun crime reporter, 发推文 他 “heard the sound of Omar whistlingfrom the stadium and “思想 [he’d] 丢失 [他的] s**t.
          It’s the little things that are gonna get me, 我猜,” Simon said. “But Michael [原文如此] gonna last.
          Williams was also honoredalbeit without an awardat Sunday’s 艾美奖 by presenter Kerry Washington, WHO called him 一个 “brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon.
            威廉姆斯, who was nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a drama forLovecraft Country,” lost to Tobias Menzies forThe Crown.
            The ceremony’s In Memoriamtribute ended with a quote from Williams: “The only way for me to say thank you is by making sure that the foundation that I am standing on is strong enough to support the next person that will stand on these two shoulders.

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