Halloween Partygoers Dress as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin – Messed Up or What? [POLL]
Is there anything funny about a Halloween revelers dressing up as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, complete with blood stained shirt and blackface?
I wrote last week that colleges around the country are sending around notices of what would be acceptable costumes to wear for Halloween - discouraging anything that would portray a negative stereotype, such as Mexican in a sombrero, Asian geisha girl, etc.
In my mind, it’s as though college is taking the fun out of Halloween.
But now, how about this one?
A couple of revelers at a Halloween party dress up as George Zimmerman wearing a “neighborhood watch” tee shirt; and the other as Trayvon Martin complete with bloodstained sweat shirt dressed in blackface.
Two Florida men have sparked outrage by dressing up as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin for a tasteless Halloween party.
William Filene, 25, wore black face and splashed fake blood on his chest to transform himself into the unarmed 17-year-old gunned down in the state in February 2012.
Greg Cimeno, 22, donned a "Neighborhood Watch" T-shirt to portray his shooter, who was acquitted of Martin's murder and manslaughter after a high-profile trial in July.
A picture of the grinning duo, with the wannabe Zimmerman gun-pointing his fingers at his pal, was uploaded by Caitlin Cimeno to Facebook and Instagram.
"Happy Halloween from Zimmerman & trayvon," she wrote in the caption, reports The Smoking Gun.
The trio claimed the getup was just a silly, fun stunt — but its members faced a massive online backlash those furious about their insensitivity.
"I just saw a Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Halloween costume. That is literally beyond disgusting. People make me so sick," said one Twitter user.
"Vile, vile vile," said another.
But Greg Cimeno, from Cape Coral, remained unrepentant and later posted online: "Not too funny? It's f-----g hilarious!!!"
In fact, according to the Smoking Gun report, Caitlin Cimeno isn't one to hold back!
In Facebook posts last year, (Caitlin) Cimeno referred to elderly women who wore tight pants and tube tops as “tacos,” and, when requesting that a friend contact her, she wrote, “Text ne niggs.”
In August, Cimeno also posted a photo of an African American girl wearing a t-shirt reading “Black Girls Rock.” In her accompanying caption, Cimeno wrote, “First of all, sorry Hun but mommy lied to you & secondly if I was wearing a shirt that said something like the truth 'white girls rock' I would be stared at and called a racist cracker.”
Regarding the costumes, the words “too soon” don’t even apply!
I’m wondering, since we’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, if anyone will try and come up with costumes reenacting that scene?
“Too soon?” No, just “too much!”
At some point there has to be a line you don’t cross. College campuses seem to want to whitewash the holiday from all possibility of offending anyone. Hence the term, “where fun goes to die!”
But can you blame the scores of Facebook posters for decrying the Trayvon/Zimmerman match?
It’s not about “too soon”… just “too much!”