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As you may have heard, Jay-Z has been working on a documentary about Trayvon Martin, a teen whose life was cut tragically short.
Interviews are a normal part of any documentary, but George Zimmerman’s response to producers interviewing people in his life has been … to threaten to kill Jay-Z and feed him to an alligator.
We suppose that when you’ve already gotten away with murder, merely threatening to kill people must seem like no big deal.
You know, when George Zimmerman got off for killing Trayvon Martin, he felt invincible. The fact that he’s still free after threatening to kill a man in a road rage incident and throwing a bottle at his girlfriend has only, in his eyes, confirmed that.
George Zimmerman spoke to The Blast, and he sounded irate that docuseries executive producer Michael Gasparro showed up at the homes of his parents and uncle.
Zimmerman, being the kind of guy who would stalk and murder a teenager who was just walking home with some skittles, is responding with open hostility. And with threats.
Among his threats is one to “beat Jay-Z.”
Jay-Z has actually been shot before, and also almost certainly has more than enough private security to deal with a man whose claim to fame was the murder of an unarmed teenager.
But that doesn’t stop Zimmerman from doing his best to sound menacing.
“I know how to handle people who f–k with me, I have since February 2012.”
If you read that and are thinking that it’s somehow not an explicit threat, well, Zimmerman also got a lot more specific when speaking to The Blast.
“Anyone who f–ks with my parents will be fed to an alligator.”
A murderer who got off scott free then threatening to feed people to alligators for interviewing his parents isn’t the most Floridian thing that we’ve ever heard, but it does make the top 10 list.
George Zimmerman brags about murder a lot. It doesn’t usually go over well, though he’s had a number of appalling racists reach out to support him.
These same racists, we imagine, were among the bidders when George Zimmerman auctioned off the murder weapon.
But it sounds like Jay-Z’s documentary, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” is really getting under Zimmerman’s skin.
Zimmerman describes the attempted interviews (we don’t know if they took place or not) as “harassment” but fails to describe any way in which harassment might have taken place.
And The Blast says that he seemed to be especially upset at the news that his ex-wife had been paid an unspecified amount of money for being interviewed.
Having one of the most infamous murderers in recent American history as your ex-husband can’t come with many perks, but getting paid to describe your experiences with him and to reveal what you know about him would, we suppose, be one.
Some may respond the idea of Zimmerman’s family (even ex-family) getting paid to speak with hostility.
After Trayvon Martin lost his life at age 17, they think, is it right for people associated with his murder to get paid?
We would counter with this: this very likely means that Trayvon Martin’s family and friends and loved ones, who still mourn him and are honoring his memory by speaking in this docuseries, are also getting paid.
Beyonce and Jay-Z are famously very, very generous with their wealth.
And while nothing can ever bring back their son, we think that Trayvon’s loved ones deserve to get paid for speaking the truth.
This docuseries could be important, however.
There are even die-hard racists in this world who have trouble dehumanizing someone when confronted with that person’s full humanity.
More to the point, honoring Trayvon’s memory and mourning his loss could remind others of the potential costs of their actions.
How many racists, we wonder, bite their tongues when they realize that if they scream obscenities as a Burger King employee or whatever, their rant might go viral.
Some of those people might think twice about stalking an unarmed teen and then murdering him if they consider that they might become one of the most hated people in America.
Either Jay-Z’s feeling a little nostalgic, or he and Beyonce just wanted to have a good laugh on his birthday … by striking a pose in an NYC elevator. Mr. and Mrs. Carter hit up Angelika Film Center & Cafe Monday night as they celebrated…