Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wrong Zimmerman, Sir

I'm probably going to stay away from much more comment on the Trayvon Martin case for a while, because it's now clear that the story is a lot more complicated than the morality play a lot of people were envisioning initially.

One thing does deserve mention, though. In the course of trying to gin up anger toward George Zimmerman, certain people did despicable things. One was Spike Lee, who once directed a film called "Do the Right Thing." Riddle me this -- is what's described here the right thing?

With Twitter and Facebook continuing to explode with posts purporting to contain the address of George Zimmerman, property records and interviews reveal that the home is actually the longtime residence of a married Florida couple, both in their 70s, who have no connection to the man who killed Trayvon Martin and are now living in fear due to erroneous reports about their connection to the shooter.
As the Smoking Gun notes, Lee apparently got up long enough from watching the Knicks to get his tweet on:

The mass dissemination of the address on Edgewater Circle in Sanford--the Florida city where Martin was shot to death last month--took flight last Friday when director Spike Lee retweeted a tweet containing Zimmerman’s purported address to his 240,000 followers.
One little problem:

The residence on Edgewater Circle is actually the home of David McClain, 72, and his wife Elaine, 70. The McClains, both of whom work for the Seminole County school system, have lived in the 1310-square-foot lakefront home for about a decade, records show.

Turns out that there was a man named Zimmerman who once lived at the residence. He is the son of Elaine McClain, but his name is William George Zimmerman and he is not the droid you are looking for. George Zimmerman lives four miles away.

Nice job, Spike.


redsquirrel said...

If I'm the judge in the McClain's lawsuit against Spike Lee. I force Spike to make a film (suspence thriller)about what he did to them.

The McClains take 70% of the box office gross.(Call it restitution)..........

Jaleel White in the role of Spike Lee.

Night Writer said...

Couldn't what Spike Lee did - to the McClains or to Zimmerman - be classified as a Hate Crime?

Gino said...

i think spike should at least be held accountable in the justice system.

what was the purpose of posting the address, if not to have somebody hurt.

also, to add: if a white supremecist group offered up a bounty 'for the arrest' of a black guy, wouldnt DOJ be hauling them into custody by now?

CousinDan 54915 said...

What do Kid Cudi or Ludicrous have to say....