Club Promoter Apologizes and Cancels 'Justice For Trayvon' Party
After backlash, party promoter backs away from party idea
North Carolina-based promotions company The Move Tonight has announced they are cancelling their "Justice" party for Trayvon Martin. The party was scheduled to go down Wednesday night at popular Greensboro night club Bentley's/The Lingerie Lounge, but was met with harsh backlash after the flyer promoting it began to circulate on social media.
The flyer featured a picture of Trayvon Martin with the words "Justice" scripted below. The party was advertised as being "in memory of Trayvon Martin" and said that everyone could get in free before 11 p.m with an empty bag of Skittles candy.
Skittles was reported to be on Martin's person when he was shot dead by George Zimmerman after a scuffle which began after Martin confronted neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman who was following him because he looked "suspicious." Protesters around the country have taken pictures of themselves with bags of Skittles and shown up to rallies with the candy to demonstrate their anger over the shooting.
Critics of the party and flier felt that it was in poor taste and accused the promoters of trying to cash in on the tragedy.
The Move Tonight spoke with their critics via twitter telling them that they intended on giving the proceeds from the party to the NAACP to start a scholarship fund under Martin's name. They obviously did not put that on the flier. Because of the confusion, the party has now been cancelled.
"We see it came out wrong," they tweeted. "So we cancel it all and apologize to all.. we ain't ignorant."
In other news, Trayvon Martin's mother has moved to trademark her sons name to prevent incidents such as this. She insists it is for that reason only, and not to capitalize off of it herself.