When TMZ reported that George Zimmerman would step into a boxing ring for a “celebrity” match, it was hard to not talk about the absurdity of it all…or hope that someone socked it to murderer of Trayvon Martin. But Reverend Al Sharpton made a compelling statement challenging the discussion of this event:
“We must be very careful not to glorify or in any way sidestep the implications of making someone whose only claim to fame was killing an unarmed young man named Trayvon Martin into a cultural celebrity or hero. He has the right to pursue whatever he wants in life, yet we also have the obligation to be discerning about who we lift and to what level. It is perfectly legal for him to exploit his fame but we should never forget what he is famous for and not behave like he is a celebrity based on gifts or talent or contributions to society. I am concerned about the precedent that it sets.”
George Zimmerman has never been a celebrity, nor hero to me. Trayvon Martin’s tragic story grabbed my attention as soon as I heard about it and for almost two years, I’ve followed the story, even after Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict. As a part of the media, I felt compelled to share the ridiculous headlines that Zimmerman perpetuated. And to be completely transparent–yes I wanted, well I still want to see Zimmerman get his @$% kicked, no matter if it’s by a Ruff Ryder or not.
I honestly didn’t think about how much shine I was giving him by sharing said stories on this site. Beauties, I want to apologize for offering you Zimmerman’s awful attention-seeking headlines as news. Reverend Al Sharpton is so right–it’s fine for Zimmerman to exploit his fame, but I’ll never forget what he’s “famous” for and I will not allow him to continue to be news to you–the audience who I cater to. I’m still going to be watching his every stupid move, but I will not contribute to his “fame” by reporting his ploys for more attention.
Check Out This Gallery Of Trayvon Martin’s Life In Photos: