As if the “knock knock” joke wasn’t bad enough, Zimmerman defense lawyer Don West sparked even more controversy and backlash this week after his daughter posted an ice cream selfie during the trial’s recess with an insensitive caption.
As we reported yesterday, a photo of West and his daughters enjoying ice cream cones in a car together was posted to daughter Molly West’s Instagram account during the Zimmerman trial’s recess.
The selfie was taken by Don West himself, and included the caption “We beat stupidity celebration cones” along with the hashtags #zimmerman, #defense and #dadkilledit.
Naturally, this post was blasted for its insensitivity, and Molly West’s Instagram and Twitter accounts have gone inactive.
BuzzFeed made a timeline using local media sources covering the Zimmerman trial, and determined that the photo was likely taken on the first day of the trial (after the ill-fated “knock knock” joke), and before the incredibly controversial testimony of Rachel Jeantel.
Early critics of Don West’s ice cream selfie thought that the photo was taken in the midst of Jeantel’s testimony, and that the “we beat stupidity” line was in reference to the witness.
In any case, a spokesperson for the West family has confirmed that the photo is indeed real, and that Molly West is “mortified” by the reaction she has gotten. She also apologized for the “grossly insensitive” photo.
Don West also commented on the ice cream photo:
“We’re not always proud of things our children do, but we love them anyway, and then we move on,” he said.
Here’s Don West’s ice cream photo one more time. Let us know what you think: