As if the Feb. 26 shooting death of Florida high school student Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman hasn’t sparked enough controversy, Geraldo Rivera fanned the flames just that much more when he chimed in Thursday evening tweeting, “His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman,” among other things.
Parks and Recreation‘s Aziz Ansari among others responded quickly to the former talk show host’s comments, tweeting succinctly, “It’s really appropriate to tweet this any day, but seriously – F–k you Geraldo.”
Take a look at what other celebs including Diddy, Spike Lee, Gilles Marini and Lebron James have had to say on Twitter, many of whom posted pictures of themselves in hooded sweatshirts to show solidarity with the slain teen.
“I didn’t know wearing a hoodie made me a target—> http://instagr.am/p/Ii3Otkpl4m/ #trayvonmartin #MillionHoodies RT TO THE WORLD!!,” Diddy wrote Friday, later writing Saturday, “Join us for justice, sign the petition–> http://tinyurl.com/7m42yth #TrayvonMartin.
Spike Lee, who tweeted a picture of his own 14-year-old son wearing a hoodie Saturday, wrote, “Why Is George Zimmerman Still FREE?WTF?”
Gilles Marini: “I loved what #Obama said “If I had a son, he’d look like #Trayvon,” Here my hoodie pic as respect to #Trayvon. img.ly/fFWc.”
Lebron James, who posted a photo of himself and the rest of his Miami Heat teammates wearing hoodies Friday, tweeted: “Proud of my teammates today. Join us for justice, sign the petition http://tinyurl.com/7m42yth #TrayvonMartin”.
Nelly: “Retweet!!! to your followers. Sign the petition demand justice 4 #TRAYVONMARTIN #MILLIONHOODIES http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-17-year-old-trayvon-martin#” http://pic.twitter.com/htiAR7Te.”
Swizz Beatz: “Had to Hoodie up for Trayvon http://bit.ly/FRj1va what a sad situation ! Blessing to his fam. http://instagr.am/p/Ihqii_SDNe/.”
Ever since the tragic incident, however, numerous celebrities have been calling for justice and rallying for the prosecution of Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense and has yet to be arrested after shooting the unarmed 17-year-old as Martin made his way home wearing a hooded sweatshirt to shield himself from the rain.
Russell Simmons, who has been particularly vocal with his support via Twitter and Facebook, tweeted March 15, “Let’s seek justice for Trayvon Martin. We will fight for a society that is compassionate and loving, not one that pre-judges and stereotypes.” Simmons later continued, “There are 17,000 people on our facebook page: Justice For Trayvon Martin. pls join us… http://on.fb.me/yKjNtj”
Sherri Shepherd: “Justice for #TrayvonMartin…sign the petition for Geo Zimmerman’s arrest. God forbid if this happened to your child http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin.”
Gabrielle Union: “The #TrayvonMartin tragedy ISNT a “Black Issue”…I hope all races are equally heartbroken, outraged & moved 2 take action.”
Star Jones: “These #TrayvonMartin facts get me outraged every time I hear more. @JoeNBC is calling for heads to roll. Excellent intv with @TheRevAl…They drug tested #TrayvonMartin dead body…but didn’t drug test his killer. As @TheRevAl said: This is a NATIONAL OUTRAGE.”
Joel Madden: “HELP US FIND JUSTICE for #Trayvonmartin It could have been your son, or little brother PLEASE SIGN HERE http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin.”
Kimora Lee Simmons: “Trayvon Martin. #HoodieUp!!!”