When TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com launched shortly before the arrest of George Zimmerman, the man who shot unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, it was almost too much chutzpah for the internet to contain.
TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com was a site George Zimmerman himself created, going off the reservation and what would be prudent legal advice to present his side of the story as well as solicit donations to defend himself in the event that he was arrested and called to account for the preventable death of Trayvon Martin at his hands.
Not too long after the initial launch of TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s death. And it was soon revealed that many people logged on to donate money to the cause of defending Zimmerman, or paying his rent and phone bills.
It was a strange thing to contemplate, alright. Not only did we know for certain that Zimmerman shot and killed a teen with whom he’d provoked a confrontation — following Martin around the vicinity of his father’s house, where he had every right to be at any hour of the day — but we were also all well aware Martin had been advised by a 911 dispatcher to stand down, and that cops were coming to investigate the non-crime. (Which was one of several Zimmerman had called in in recent months.)
Hannity asked Zimmerman if he had any regrets. Zimmerman said, “No, sir. I feel like it was all God’s plan for me.” #WTF???
— Touré (@Toure) July 19, 2012
Now TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com has relaunched, even though Zimmerman has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars through the site by merit of nothing else than killing a black kid. According to local news source WFTV, Zimmerman has only raised a few thousand dollars since appearing on Sean Hannity’s show to plead his case recently — and Zimmerman is not pleased that Hannity welshed on a promise to hype the site:
“WFTV learned that the $211,000 that Zimmerman had in his defense fund last week was wiped out by miscellaneous expenses, security and the second bond he paid to get out of jail… Zimmerman has only raised a few thousand dollars since the Hannity interview, but O’Mara said that’s because Hannity did not keep his promise to promote the new website.”
Do you think TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com is in poor taste?