Challenge To The Media: Stop Deifying Villains!
Rev. Al Sharpton cautions people about glorifying George Zimmerman as a “celebrity.”
Much of the country is still mourning the death of Trayvon Martin who was gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman two years ago. By now I’m sure you’ve heard of the proposed celebrity boxing match between DMX and Zimmerman, which has Trayvon Martin supporters, and alike, outraged. If the match requires celebrity status, then my question to you is, when did Zimmerman become a celebrity?
Trayvon Martin would’ve been 19-years young on the day the boxing match was announced. Thousands continue to speak out via social media platforms expressing their disgust, calling it distasteful, and urging promoters to cancel the fight.
MSNBC host Al Sharpton isn’t exactly thrilled about it either, stating that, “We must be very careful not to glorify or in any way sidestep the implications of making someone whose only claim to fame was killing an unarmed young man named Trayvon Martin into a cultural celebrity or hero. Sharpton concluded that, “It is perfectly legal for him to exploit his fame but we should never forget what he is famous for and not behave like he is a celebrity based on gifts or talent or contributions to society.”
This is certainly not the first time we’ve been plagued by the media with villains who’ve committed heinous acts. Remember Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston bomber who graced the legendary, iconic Rolling Stone magazine or James Holmes, the Colorado movie theater shooter? Both men and so many others have been given more media attention than anyone actually doing good for humanity.
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