Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman-inspired Halloween costumes cause uproar
An incendiary photo was posted to Facebook this Friday featuring two young Florida men dressed as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, complete with blackface, a blood-stained hoodie and a shirt that reads, “Neighborhood Watch.”
The image was reportedly uploaded by Caitlin Cimeno from Martha’s Vineyard who captioned the photo: “Happy Halloween from Zimmerman and Trayvon,” followed by a smiley face emoticon.
Cimeno is pictured in the photo, posing in the middle between Greg Cimeno, 22, who dressed as Zimmerman, and William Filene, 25, who posed as Martin.
In the photo, Greg Cimeno, of Cape Coral, Fl., points his hand like a gun and directs it at Filene’s head.
Meanwhile, Filene, who is white, painted his face black and is seen wearing a gray hoodie, which is marked by a single gunshot wound in the chest and surrounded by fake blood.
According to Gawker and The Smoking Gun, Filene has an arrest record for loitering/prowling and failing to register an automobile. He was reportedly last arrested in June for felony auto theft, and was subsequently sentenced to 18 months on probation.
As for Caitlin Cimeno, her Instagram account remains private but her visible bio reads: “Stand For What a [sic] You Believe In And Make Sure You Stand Your Ground.”
The Smoking Gun wrote:
In Facebook posts last year, Cimeno referred to elderly women who wore tight pants and tube tops as “tacos,” and, when requesting that a friend contact her, she wrote, “Text ne niggs.” In August, Cimeno also posted a photo of an African[-]American girl wearing a t-shirt reading “Black Girls Rock.” In her accompanying caption, Cimeno wrote, “First of all, sorry Hun but mommy lied to you & secondly if I was wearing a shirt that said something like the truth ‘white girls rock’ I would be stared at and called a racist cracker.”
Greg Cimeno reportedly wrote a comment below the photo saying, “Anything for the laugh,” which prompted one of Caitlin’s friends to write, “Not too funny.” In response, Greg said: “Not too funny. It’s f**king hilarious!!!”
The photo also drew criticism from others who commented on the photo: “Anything for a laugh? so a kid gets murdered and its funny some peoole[sic] are beyond disgusting,” one person wrote.
Some took to Twitter to voice their disagreement over the photo: “That Trayvon Martin Halloween costume was just straight disrespect! There is NO EXCUSE for that,” one person said.
“To take Trayvon Martin’s death and make a mockery out of it with a Halloween costume is sickening,” another tweeted.
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