A tweet from a fake Will Smith Twitter account has gone viral on the social networking site, with Spike Lee and Rosie O’Donnell among the Hollywood names who retweeted the invented quote.
The fake tweet compares the freedom of the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and the rapid arrest of the woman who flour bombed Kim Kardashian. It was tweeted by the account @RealWillSmith, and reads:
“WE live in America where a girl that threw flour on Kim Kardashian was arrested on site But the man who KILLED Trayvon Martin is still free.”
The account might feature a picture of the actor, but is actually registered to a white man from Nashville, TN. As far as is known, the real Smith doesn’t have a Twitter account, and there’s no record of him making this quote.
The tragic killing of Trayvon Martin has attracted other fake tweets, with the @RealFerrelWill account posting:
“R.I.P. Trayvon Martin. For every R-T this tweet gets, $1 will be donated to the #TrayvonMartin Foundation, which helps counteract racism.”
That was retweeted by hundreds of people on the site, before it was revealed as a fraud.
Teenager Martin was shot by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on February 26, after Zimmerman contacted police to report how Martin looked “suspicious.” A 911 dispatcher advised Zimmerman he should avoid Martin, but Zimmerman ignored this advice and approached Martin. Following a confrontation, Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest. The teen, it transpires, was unarmed and returning from a run to a local convenience store.
Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian was flour bombed on the red carpet at the London West Hollywood Hotel while she promoted her new fragrance.