A victory was earned today for the memory of Trayvon Martin, as promoter Damon Feldman announced today that due to public outrage, the George Zimmerman celebrity boxing match has been canceled.
He followed up the original announcement with several more tweets that he has since deleted. In the deleted tweets, Feldman wrote, “This was the wrong person to put in the ring and define celebrity boxing thank you. I walked away from av [sic] million dollar payday with this fight but to be honest I’d rather be happy and make people happy thank you….I wasn’t being disrespected [sic] to anyone I had a plan here with this fight I’ll let you know soon hope everyone is happy I’m very sorry. I want to thank everyone for the good n [sic] bad comments I’ve made the choice to cancel the fight w George Zimmermann [sic] more to life then [sic] money.”
Feldman was trying to portray himself as a good soul, but he seems to have realized that if he went through with this fight, his career would be ruined. Damon Feldman thinks he lost a million dollar payday, but Trayvon Martin lost his life.
According to ColorOfChange, nearly 50,000 people signed their petition that urged DMX to pull out of the fight. The petitions were a walk in the park compared to the criticism that Feldman was taking on Twitter, Facebook, and all through the media.
Featuring George Zimmerman in the ring fighting an African American opponent was an attempt to exploit racial tensions for profit. It was also the height of disrespect to Trayvon Martin.
Turning a young man’s murder into a cash grab was wrong. Zimmerman said that he would donate his cut of the purse to charity, but he still stood to profit off of the fight. It is obvious that Zimmerman is looking for ways to cash in on killing Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman wants to advance his celebrity, and the media attention that he would have gained from this fight would have done exactly that.
Only a group of heartless sociopaths could cook up a scheme like this, but hundreds of thousands of people stood up for decency. You said no. You put the pressure on, and you were successful.
It looks like George Zimmerman is going to have to get a regular job to pay his bills, because millions of Americans aren’t going to let him make money off of the fact that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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