Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Elderly Florida Couple Bamboozled by Spike Lee Tweet
With the media trial of George Zimmerman igniting social networking sites, Spike Lee decided that he gotta' have in. The director, whose name hasn't made headlines since last year's major dust-up with Clint Eastwood, tweeted the home address of the Neighborhood Watch volunteer.
One problem: the location of the joint that Lee forwarded to his 240,000 followers belongs to an elderly married couple who have no connection whatsoever to the man who killed Trayvon Martin.
What with the mob mentality and media circus surrounding the shooting, the couple now fears for their safety.
According to The Smoking Gun, Lee received the erroneous tweet along with numerous other celebrities (Will Smith, 50 Cent, and LeBron James) last Friday afternoon. The original sender, Marcus Davonne Higgins, a 33-year-old Los Angeles man who uses the online handle “maccapone,” included the direction, “EVERYBODY REPOST THIS.”
The shooter's name is George Michael Zimmerman, yet Higgins has repeatedly identified him as “George W. Zimmerman.” TSG explains Higgins' screw-up: "Besides overlooking the different middle initial, perhaps that answer is connected to an old voter record for a 'William George Zimmerman' at the Edgewater Circle property. That registration, which dates back to 1995, is for a 41-year-old man. The Zimmerman who shot Martin is 28."
William George Zimmerman's parents, David and Elaine McClaine, currently occupy the Edgewater Circle residence located 4 miles from George Michael Zimmerman's home.
When told about Lee's specious tweet, Ms. McClain remarked, “Maybe we should get a lawyer and send a cease and desist letter to Spike Lee.”