“New slang! You’re Zimmering me = You’re killing me,” tweeted author and media personality Touré. You could make the case that it was too soon, but not many people complained when The Onion poked fun at the passing of Steve Jobs less than two days after his death, saying that Apple would announce the release of “Steve Jobs 2″ very soon.
Rarely has there been an incident that incites as much emotion throughout the country as the death of Floridian teen Trayvon Martin. With 24 hour cable news leading the charge, more people than ever are feeling the need to speak out about what happened. With so many social media tools at their disposal and so many different perspectives, it’s not surprising that a few people are finding themselves broiled in controversy for the things they have said in jest over the shooting.
After backlash from many of his followers, including one who called him a racist, Touré tweeted, “Fine. It was a bad ‘joke.’”
The internet has been buzzing over one individual’s comment on a blog post, it was written, “That’s why you never bring Skittles to a gun fight.” It has been reported that Martin had a bag of Skittles and an Iced Tea on him before he was killed. As you can imagine, there have been many Trayvon Martin jokes posted online, some too insensitive to rehash.
Backlash from anything that makes people uncomfortable regarding the death of Trayvon has grown so enormous that 20th Century Fox pulled a trailer from Florida theaters for an upcoming comedy film called Neighborhood Watch, starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill. Trayvon was ultimately killed by George Zimmerman, who is a self-described neighborhood watchman.
Are people being too sensitive? That’s a question most comedians will ask. For the Bill Maher’s of the world, the answer is hell yes. Tell us what you think.
You can check out the trailer for Neighborhood Watch below and judge for yourself whether or not Florida could handle it.