Florida guys dress as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman for Halloween

In the “not the brightest move ever” category, two young men in Florida thought it would be a neat idea to dress up as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman for Halloween.

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Trayvon Martin was the teenager who was shot and killed in Florida by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was found “not guilty” of murder and second degree manslaughter this past July.

Back to Halloween.  It seems like every year we get some brainiac who thinks it a good idea to do something incredibly tasteless, but this certainly ranks up with the worst.  The “costume” includes Trayvon Martin in blackface, wearing a hoodie, with a big red blood stain on his chest.  The George Zimmerman character sports a “neighborhood watch” t-shirt, and while posing for the camera, Zimmerman pretends to shoot Trayvon.

Oh the fun never ends.

Here’s one posting of one photo of the costumes on Instagram:

trayvon martin george zimmerman halloween costumesContrary to some reports, the Zimmerman t-shirt does not read “Neighborhoo Watch,” without the D.  Some photos appear to suggest the “d” is missing – as if the t-shirt is also mocking the way Latinos speak, but a subsequent photo shows the D clearly there:

trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-halloween-2You’ll recall that this isn’t the first time Trayvon Martin’s family has had to deal with the tasteless.  I’d reported a while back on a smartphone game called “Angry Trayvon.”  ”Angry Trayvon” was about a young black man named Trayvon who travels around in his hoodie killing people. But the people Angry Trayvon kills are “bad guys who terrorize cities everyday.”

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Angry Trayvon smartphone game.

The Smoking Gun has far more on the guys who chose to wear the Trayvon/Zimmerman costumes.  They’re a real piece of work.

(h/t Liberaland)


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  • Mike

    Its *you’re you stupid fuck,and the jury found him innocent after a fair trial so complaining about it wont bring him back. Justice is served. But please, no one who lived through slavery is still alive so none of you know about enduring slavery. And if it weren’t for us “white folk” your asses would still be in Africa living in a mud hut, starving, getting eaten by lions, no electricity, and having AIDS. Case closed.

  • anthony

    fuck you stupid bitch you don’t know shit about how black people struggle everyday white niggas like you need yall asses kicked for saying stupid shit

  • jgurl

    Black, white, red, orange, yellow, green – Color doesn’t matter. In the end, a child still lost his life, lives were changed forever and families on all sides have to deal with the tragedy for the rest of their lives. Whether there was a controversy about racism or not, this is still extremely distasteful and disrespectful to both Trayvon’s family and George Zimmerman and his family. It’s absolutely disgusting how common sense really isn’t common anymore. People can be so dumb.

  • cleos_mom

    Climate change is going to take care of Florida, probably within the next half century.

  • cleos_mom

    You can always tell a concern troll in the first line.

  • cleos_mom

    I wonder if Missouri’s rodeo clown wore his minstrel show getup this year.

  • daishandra

    that was the most evil thing you guys could have ever done a innocent young boy was killed and didnt get any justice and you bastards are playing dress up like the situation is funny… you will be sent to hell for that #racist bastards !!!!!!

  • Duchess

    And people kill each other everyday for no reason….zombies are dead people..maybe not specific dead people, but by all means lets make this a huge race thing about one guy….seriously. Smh it’s a dumb costume! Whatever.

  • Bill O’Reily

    More creative than your costume. Also, Al Sharpton is an idiot.

  • Gerald Loeb

    When I think that all is lost, I look at the Liberal pages and can’t help but smile at the sheer stupidity of your politics, arguments and talking points. The liberals are the biggest racists around, period. Liberals are the biggest liars and their front man the Prez O’Blamer is the best example. The Liberals would spend other people’s money (but not their own, of course) to have Americans dependent upon them and vote for themselves in election after election, consequences be damned. Liberals are also cowards, as almost NONE of them serve in any Armed Forces; yet, they talk the talk about veterans but bash them at every opportunity and weaken them in many ways. Liberals support Islam, a known cult religion around the world. Liberals support free speech but can’t wait to deny yours if you disagree. Liberals scream bloody murder if their rights are trampled, yet they want to take away yours if you happen to own a gun. Lastly, Liberals use the “race Card” at every opportunity yet this is the same party that supported voter-registration laws, harassment of minorities, illegal arrests and hosing down the Civil Rights marchers in the 1960′s; why? Because the Dixiecrats like George Wallace (a Democrat) and others brilliantly portrayed themselves as “soft” racists and “hard” law and order politicians. It is also interesting to note that Liberals have no concept of logical thought or reasoning when pushing their agendas. Pity the Liberals, as their corrupt ideals will eventually wind up in the Liberal landfill of ideas eventually…

  • ashley

    I think that in order to comment on playing the race card you would need to experience racism, and since your white you will not experience that, when you experience a death of someone close to you over the color of their skin then you can speak on not being a victim. And a messed up situation please a messed up situation is losing a bank card or breaking a leg, not being killed over because your wearing a hoodie. So the NEXT time you speak, get your facts correct because instead of sounding like an intelligent person you sound like an imbecile that was given wrong facts. And also the black community can always talk about their struggles because unless you forgot they built this country while your ancestor beat them, so ponder on that.

  • Ant Keane

    Do you mention him assaulting a stranger too?

  • Ant Keane

    Way to jump on a bandwagon mate.

  • Ant Keane

    Also stop trying to be victims. It’s pathetic.

  • Ant Keane

    I find the comments on this page to be most enjoyable. I love the way the black community and “politically correct” crowd are all screaming racism at what is obviously just a messed up situation. Way to jump on the bandwagon folks. Anything to help the cause. I find you’re finger pointing and race card touting to be a mockery of the exact thing that black people fought for in the beginning. You want to be equal? Stop making yourselves stand out by waving pathetic unwarranted race cards around. Read the story from different sources and then build you’re own opinion rather than being told it by morons on the internet.
    “He’s racial! He’s racial!”.
    Everyone is racial you moron. Read up on what the word racial means.

  • ckg1

    I do.

  • fletcher

    Yes, but do you remember what happened to Bugs at the end of “Rebel Rabbit”?

  • mike

    HERE IT IS !! MY 2ND OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO “Everyday I Pray” ( Trayvon Martin Tribute ) DIRECTED BY J.E.F. STARRING JORDAN MILLER AS TRAYVON MARTIN

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    He did win the race to the bottom.

  • Robert Riversong

    You could go on all night displaying your abysmal ignorance about the incident, as you just have.

    Excerpt from dispatch call as Trayvon aggressively approaches Zimmerman’s truck while Zimmerman is parked at the clubhouse:
    0:49 Now he’s just staring at me.
    0:59 Yeah, now he’s coming towards me.
    1:04 He’s got his hand in his waistband… And he’s a black male.
    1:18 Something’s wrong with him… Yup, he’s coming to check me out, he’s got something in his hands, I don’t know what his deal is.

    Sean Noffke, the police dispatcher (who is NOT a sworn officer and is forbidden by policy from giving anything that even sounds like an order) said in trial testimony that he would not, as a call taker, give a direct order to either follow or not follow and acknowledged that, as a result of his
    asking Zimmerman which way Trayvon was going, Zimmerman could have reasonably interpreted this as being asked to follow Martin.

    Noffke had also said twice: “Let me know if he does anything else”, so all evidence is that Zimmerman did nothing but comply with the requests of the police dispatcher.

    Wendy Dorival, the volunteer program coordinator for the Sanford Police Department, who trained George Zimmerman for Neighborhood Watch, testified in court that she encourages neighbors to know who doesn’t belong and to call police if anything or anyone appears in any way suspicious or out of place and that a person walking in the rain between houses without a particular purpose – a description of Trayvon the night of the shooting – would be considered suspicious. Dorival denied that her training included a prohibition against following at a distance to gather information to provide to the police. And Dorival said she doesn’t discuss whether residents should carry firearms while participating in a Neighborhood Watch program, only that they must follow the law, and that they have the right to protect themselves if attacked.

    We know from both physical evidence (Zimmerman’s keys found at the Tee) and multiple witness testimony that Zimmerman never left the upper leg of the Tee, that Trayvon was at Brandy Green’s townhouse while on the phone with Rachel Jeantel, and that Trayvon returned to the Tee four minutes after he ran in that direction, initiated the verbal confrontation (according his Jeantel) and then sucker-punched Zimmerman and pinned him to the ground outside John Good’s patio, “raining down blows MMA-style” while Zimmerman yelled for help (John Good’s eye witness testimony).

    So, everything you’re posted here is an ignorant lie. I know this case better than almost anyone on the planet.
    .

  • Gloater

    Abysmally ignorant or an abject liar? ok let’s put aside your name calling and your obvious agenda for one moment and look at the FACTS. You state ” There is not a shred of evidence that Zimmerman ever approached Trayvon,
    but considerable evidence and testimony that Trayvon aggressively
    approached Zimmerman’s truck while he was on the phone with the
    dispatcher,”…. well youve just proven yourself to be BOTH abysmally ignorant AND a liar. ONE: Zimmerman was NOT IN his truck, had he stayed in the truck the altercation NEVER WOULD HAVE TAKEN PLACE, so obviously Trayvon did not “aggressively approach Zimmerman while he was in the truck on the phone with the dispatcher”, so you lied. TWO: he was SPECIFICALLY TOLD ” we dont need you to do that” when he told the dispatcher that HE WAS FOLLOWING TRAYVON, when the dispatcher asked him “are you following him”?. He defied the instruction he was given by the dispatcher, Y’know an actual deputized police officer. THREE: Zimmerman had no right to detain Trayvon OR confront Trayvon in any way: “neighborhood watch” is a civilian position, carrying zero power, or authority,

    I could go on all night but the fact that you just stated that you think Zimmerman sat in his truck while Trayvon “aggressively approached him” proves that you are not even familiar with the basic facts of the case. Moreover you’re sitting her attempting to defend the indefensible… so truth and logic are wasted on you.

  • Robert Riversong

    And nothing you’ve said changes the fact that you are either abysmally ignorant of the case or an abject liar.

    There is not a shred of evidence that Zimmerman ever approached Trayvon, but considerable evidence and testimony that Trayvon aggressively approached Zimmerman’s truck while he was on the phone with the dispatcher, and then later returned from safe haven at his father’s girlfriend’s townhouse to verbally and then physically confront Zimmerman, and then brutally assault him for a minute and a quarter, even after being warned by neighbor John Good to stop.

    The entire Sanford police chain of command and the district attorney agreed that the case was non-controversial and there was no evidence to pursue it.

  • Nik Carter

    Actually no, it is not a racist term as I am referring to your above statement, in reference to the fact that the fact that YOU seem to be the only one defending Zimerman and suggesting that these two idiots dressing in an offensive costume is a direct result of “the inevitable blow back from the black and civil rights communities
    turning a non-controversial case of self-defense into a nationally
    prominent case of racial profiling (which didn’t occur)..”… You can quote his upbringing, he was raised by this one or exposed to that one”, that still does not change the fact that he approached an unarmed kid who was Black who he felt “threatened by” when he was larger, the aggressor, was armed and did so against the expressed instructions of the police dispatcher. Zimmerman clearly had a pre disposition where he felt “they always get away with it” as evidenced by his own words, again you guys who are only able to accept that there is a racial bias at play if and only if the dreaded “N” word is uttered, in truth it is usually a lot more subtle than that. In closing anyone simplistic enough in their thinking to describe this case as a “”non controversial case of self defense” is just an idiot, period.

  • Robert Riversong

    “People like you” is a bigoted term.

    Zimmerman being brown-skinned Hispanic rather than the “white” that the media and Ben Crump’s disinformation team made him out to be, is part of the story.

    And the only thing that is “idiotic” is assuming someone to be racist without knowing any of the facts, or that the FBI exonerated Zimmerman of any hint of racial or ethnic prejudice.

    Zimmerman was raised by a half-black grandmother, shared his childhood home with two black girls, took a black date to his senior prom, had a black business partner, publicly defended a homeless black man who was assaulted by the son of a police officer, and was mentoring two black youths at the time of the shooting in Sanford.

    If that sounds like the life of a racist to you, then it’s clear who the idiot is.

  • Who cares about the other stuf

    I’d like to know who the chick is, she’s kinda cute….

  • Nik Carter

    I dont know why people like you go out of your way to make mention of Zimmerman being Hispanic, as if somehow that means that he could not also be racist. idiotic.

  • Konde

    How about I pose as the sandyhook shooter blowing the brains out of those little white boys that would be nice.

  • Robert Riversong

    “The Truth”?

    Zimmerman never applied for police academy. He applied for a Citizens Law Enforcement Academy run by the Seminole County Sheriff’s office, and there is no place on the application for race.

  • ranfan

    Of course this would be done by someone in florida. I swear something must be in the water down there lol.

  • misfitsoda

    Ehhhhh kind of a bummer. I just found this site today and thought maybe this was actually a news site. Then there’s this story.

  • Moderator3

    Please do not comment in all capital letters.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Self-defense against prolonged aggravated assault is legal in every state in the union.

    That’s nice, but what was Zimmermann’s excuse?

  • M.Cgirl2013

    THESE PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING COLLEGE IDIOTS

  • misfitsoda

    National news? This is national news? This just in: people act in poor taste. Call CNN!! Gzus people, find something better to do w your time than worry about this.

  • The Truth

    But he wrote WHITE on his Police Academy application. Dumb Hillbilly!

  • Robert Riversong

    Oh, you mean the planet Orwellion, where lies are truth.

    Self-defense against prolonged aggravated assault is legal in every state in the union.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Amen.

    That is a long discussion in and of itself. The militarization of our police departments has made reflexive killing of innocent parties commonplace. In this case, it has expanded to one paranoid wanna-be cop. Even the police departments didn’t want him.

  • Monoceros Forth

    The “self-defence” argument makes me laugh anyway. It’s the same excuse used by every cop who guns down someone armed with a roll of paper towels: “I felt my life was in danger.” Every time I hear that I have to ask: if you feel that easily threatened then why should you be allowed to carry a gun?

  • Monoceros Forth

    Damn, well put! I wish I could have written words like those.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    And I might add that Zimmerman was told to not follow Martin to begin with. He did so anyway, instead of letting the police handle it. Not that I have much confidence in the police department that was involved here, but perhaps Martin would still be alive today if Zimmerman hadn’t pursued Martin.

    Funny how Martin’s DNA was not found on the gun that they were supposedly fighting over.

    Keep in mind that just because someone was not found guilty doesn’t mean that they aren’t guilty – it just means that there was not enough conclusive evidence to find them guilty.

    I’ve heard the 911 call, and subsequent events involving Zimmerman have shown him to be a wanna-be cop that has problems with judgement, to say the least.

    As to the topic of these guys and their Halloween is concerned, they are stupid fools with no class whatsoever. They deserve all of the grief they get for this stunt, and more.

  • http://www.friv2friv4.com/ friv 2

    He killed someone for no reason other than some brain-fevered and
    paranoiac notion that an unarmed teenager was putting his life in
    danger. In the end does it matter

  • Monoceros Forth

    One where some gun-toting thug with a history of violence went after a kid whose look he didn’t like and murdered him. That planet.

    EDIT: You know, in a sense, it doesn’t matter whether Zimmermann’s thuggery was racially motivated or not. Maybe it wasn’t but does that matter? He killed someone for no reason. In the end does it matter whether he was a racist or not? Either way he’s a murderer.

  • Robert Riversong

    That must explain why George Zimmerman wrote “Hispanic” under “race” on his 2002 Florida voter registration form.

    You’re not hispanic – you’re simply a bigot.

  • Chula Torres

    I’m hispanic; Zimmerman is a wanna be racial white boy who used the fact that he was spanish so people can rule him out as a racial guy. Please…

  • Chula Torres

    I think that was fucked up. A white boy painted in black and the fact that poor Trayvon can even rest in peace. Ya are some stupid ass college spoiled brats who don’t have no type of common sense. God is watching and ya are all racial people and it’s a shame that we still have people like you conquering what you don’t have. You need to stop your childish games and grow the fuck up. Trayvon is the victim here…

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    So many piled on layers of wrong in that photo, it seems nearly pointless to list them all.

    ‘Tasteless’ is the least of it.

  • Robert Riversong

    What do you call the black community spreading virulent hatred for a Hispanic who merely acted in self-defense?

  • Paige Killinger

    no thats not whats going on its just racist

  • Robert Riversong

    What planet have you been living on?

    The entire chain of command at the Sanford Police Department, as well as the DA, agreed that there was insufficient evidence to charge Zimmerman even with manslaughter, as all the physical and forensic evidence as well as 99% of the witness testimony corroborated Zimmerman’s account of self-defense.

    And yet, the Martin family legal/PR team, led by Ben Crump and then taken up by Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous among others, initiated a false narrative about racial profiling, vigilante justice and corrupt police and prosecutors – contradicting and denying the self-defense claim – and turned a non-controversial local incident into a national cause célèbre, forcing the state to stage a media show trial which ended up right where the entire case started, and forcing the Justice Department to initiate a civil rights investigation which exonerated Zimmerman of racial prejudice (but is, apparently, continuing).

  • Monoceros Forth

    I agree that there should have been no controversy about the case for self-defence: there wasn’t one.

  • ckg1

    And one more reason why Bugs Bunny should have sawed Florida off of the United States and let it fend for itself.

  • DefenderOFBlacks

    N166ERS need to lighten up and stop taking offense to so much shit, its ridiculous…its halloween, its for fun, nobody is out to get you, you’re out to get yourself by acting like a thug and thinking if you disrespect enough white people then that makes you even for slavery, slavery is over you fucking idiots, stop sucking the tit of America and do some math homework and maybe I’ll have some respect for you.

  • jomicur

    Wrong.

  • BrianWPB

    Yeah, except they’re Martha’s Vineyard natives. So, there goes the ignorant regionalism again.

  • Robert Riversong

    This kind of “social commentary” is but one tiny example of the inevitable blowback from the black and civil rights communities turning a non-controversial case of self-defense into a nationally prominent case of racial profiling (which didn’t occur) and police and court discrimination (which didn’t occur).

  • caphillprof

    As tasteless as this might be, it can be viewed as a social commentary on the injustice of the George Zimmerman trial.

  • nicho

    It’s Florida. This is one more reason to avoid it.

  • Anon

    Remember me hoodies!? When I killed your “brotha” I talked… JUST. LIKE. THIS!!

  • silas1898

    Keeping it classy there Florida…..idiots.

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