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