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Four short years ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was gunned down in his father’s fiancee’s neighborhood while walking from the store. Carrying Skittles and an Arizona iced tea, Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Because of Florida’s stand your ground law, Zimmerman was not charged directly after the incident. However, because Martin’s death become a media fire storm which garnered national attention, Zimmerman was eventually charged and put on trail months later. Even so, a jury of his peers acquitted him of the second-degree murder charges he incurred in July 2013.
Following the five year anniversary of Martin’s death (Feb. 26, 2017), Jay-Z collaborated with The Weinstein Company to produce a Martin-focused docu-series. The documentary is slated to air as a six-part series called Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story and is based off of attorney Lisa Bloom’s book, Suspicion Nation. The future of the production is shaky because of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment accusations, but the fact remains that Zimmerman isn’t happy about the series.
News of the production lead Zimmerman back into media headlines… but not in a good way. Apparently, he’s threatened Jay-Z over it.
Honestly, not a great look for anyone — but especially not for him.
During an interview with The Blast, the 34-year-old threatened to “beat Jay-Z” and then to feed him to “an alligator.” He claimed that his turn-to-violence came after a production crew showed up (unannounced) to his parent’s and uncle’s homes.
While he said the team “harassed” his family, he wouldn’t divulge what he considered harassment. He also would not say whether or not his family agreed to be a part of the documentary. Allegedly, Zimmerman’s ex-wife — who divorced him only a year after Martin’s death — was paid to participate in the documentary, a fact about which he was particularly upset.
“I know how to handle people who f**k with me, I have since February 2012,” Zimmerman told The Blast.
Following Zimmerman’s comments, Snoop Dogg stepped in to handle Jay’s lightweight. The rapper headed to Instagram, warning Zimmerman to back up.
Alongside side-by-side photos of Zimmerman and Jay, Snoop wrote:
“If one hair on jays hair is touched that’s when the revolution will b televised We one 👊🏾 and to thank the system let the B*tch a** muthaf**ca get away with murder try it again 🙏🏾Trayvon Martin Gone but not forgotten.”
Never Too Loud
Jay-Z initiating a Trayvon Martin project is unsurprising, as he’s proved that he does not take kindly to social/racial injustice. Following Meek Mill’s “heavy handed” prison sentence for violating his probation, Jigga wrote an op-ed for The New York Times, shaming America’s justice system.
“The specifics of Meek’s case inspired me to write this. But it’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day,” he began. “The system treats them as a danger to society, consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction — with the goal of putting them back in prison.”
The 4:44 rapper also voiced his opinions on Meek’s (and others like him) case during several concerts. In the middle of a performance in Dallas, Jay shifted the attention from himself to the Philly rapper. Before saying Meek “caught a charge” at the young age of 19, Jay reminded the crowd that Meek has been on probation for 11 years. “F**king 11 years. Judge gave him two-to-four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a f**king wheelie,” Jay continued.
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