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On Second Thought, George Zimmerman Accepting Celebrity Boxing Challenge Is Pure Genius
ClashDaily.com ^ | 2/2/14 | Donald Joy

Posted on 02/02/2014 12:44:51 PM PST by IChing

“Laaaadieeess aaaaand gentlemeennnnn!!! In this coah-nah, from the great state of sunny Flo-rid-aahh, weighing in at 190 pounds of solid tamales, not to be confused with a ‘Gorgeous George’ of anoth-ahh er-ahh, the one and only neigh-bah-hood watchman ex-tra-oah-din-aire—-Creeeeepyyyy–Aaaaasss Crack-aaaaaahhh!!!!”

That’s how I imagine should be the proper, time-honored and traditional circus-like bellowing style of the announcer for what promises to be the Main Event of 2014, the Fight of the Century, the tabloid armageddon that could just make us all forget about Justin Bieber for at least a little while.

I saw the story in my email inbox, featured on our affiliated website, GirlsJustWannaHaveGuns.com. The linked article takes readers to the TMZ.com website, with the headline: “George Zimmerman Agrees To Celeb Boxing Match: I’ll Fight Anyone…Even Black People.”

As a caveat, to my knowledge, that phrase, I’ll fight anyone…even black people is not something Zimmerman actually said, just the TMZ editor’s way of putting words in Zimmerman’s mouth, seeing as Zimmerman has said he’ll take on whoever winds up being selected as his opponent, regardless of race. Promoter Damon Feldman is quoted as saying, ”We’re not looking at it as a race thing … We haven’t discussed purple, yellow, white, black.”

Still, yikes! My first reaction was to comment, in several places on social media, that I love George, and I hope he prevails, but that it is an unwise move in many ways.

Besides the obvious, outrageous uproar and hair-trigger (no irony intended!) sensitivites and passions that would certainly be negatively aroused by the event–especially when you consider that its pugilistic nature is rather identical to that of the incident which made Zimmerman famous in the first place–what troubled me most about the idea is the fact that a considerable amount of the sworn testimony in State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman concerned the fact that Zimmerman was simply unable, by his very nature, to physically defend himself with his hands.

During the trial, the owner of the gym where Zimmerman had once trained, attempted to get in shape, and tried to learn basic fighting skills took the witness stand and repeatedly explained, in expert detail and a great length, why he refused to allow Zimmerman to even enter the sparring ring at any time during the several weeks that Zimmerman had enrolled in classes. Under an incessant pattern of questioning and cross-examination by prosecution and defense attorneys, Adam Pollock, owner of Kokopelli’s Gym, swore that Zimmerman was simply a “physically soft” person, lacking even the rudiments of any innate athletic ability which would indicate that it was at all safe to let Zimmerman practice jabs against even a pretend opponent in the practice ring.

Pollock’s testimony was deemed relevant to the proceedings because the prosecution was ostensibly supposed to get him, as their witness, to establish that Zimmerman had been trained in advanced fighting techniques, thereby supposedly undermining the defense theory that Zimmerman was no match for Trayvon Martin physically, and was overwhelmed by Martin’s “MMA-style” (according to the testimony of an eyewitness from 14 feet away) onslaught to the point of having to defend his life with his pistol.

Of course, the prosecution’s strategy backfired disastrously for them, as it did with virtually every one of their witnesses. In court, Pollock acknowledged that Zimmerman did lose quite a bit of weight through dieting and exercise while enrolled in classes at the gym, but that he never at any point demonstrated that he could even throw a punch properly. When asked to rate Zimmerman on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the least fighting fitness/ability and 10 being the best, Pollock over and over again emphasized that Zimmerman was a hopeless “1.5.”

So in this context, along with of course the very dicey political and public relations aspects, I was initially adamant that Zimmerman’s acceptance of the fight challenge to be a bad idea. It just worried me.

Then I changed my mind.

Not very many minutes passed after I was first reacting to the news about the scheduled bout, and it dawned on me as I posted more and more comments, that it really isn’t a dumb move–on Zimmerman’s or the promoter’s part–at all.

It’s extremely provocative, physically dangerous, and highly inflammatory in the socio-political sense, yes–and it’s exactly theopposite kind of thing many of us believe Zimmerman should be doing: It’s the opposite of laying low and keeping off the radar.

However, it is also a masterstroke of marketing; an utterly brilliant move, not only in terms of classic, sensational hucksterism in the legendary mode of Don King and the carnival-esque show business of overall fight-promoting, but also for the purposes of chart-busting charitable fundraising, TV ratings and revenues, and cutting-edge public relations.

In agreeing to the match, against an as yet unnamed opponent, Zimmerman has pledged to donate all of his share of official proceeds to charity. The fight is scheduled to take place one month from now, on March 1st, 2014–almost exactly two years since that fateful night of February 26th, 2012 in Sanford, Florida which eventually made household names of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.

Since he was acquitted by a jury last July of all charges related to the incident which resulted in Martin’s death, we’ve learned about Zimmerman rescuing a family from their wrecked, burning, overturned SUV on the side of a highway, getting two speeding tickets, and being absolved of any criminal wrongdoing in two separate, sensational imbroglios featuring hysterical, unsubstantiated allegations by his two female significant others in sequence, both of whom were proven to have lied to police about the incidents.

We’ve also seen George, the artist, sell a very patriotic original painting, his own work, on E-Bay for over $100,000, and we’ve gotten a look at another of his paintings which features his rendering of the prosecutor in his murder trial, Angela Corey, along with graphics depicting her exhibiting zero respect for the American judicial system.

Let’s face it. George Zimmerman isn’t going away, he isn’t going underground, and he isn’t backing down.

The police were called to the Retreat at Twin Lakes 402 times–that’s right, 402 times–in just the 13 months leading up to the night that drug-dealing, ‘purple drank’-guzzling, thug burglar Trayvon Martin stalked, attacked, and nearly murdered the diligent neighborhood watch captain, for merely interrupting his loitering on the lawn and peering at the entrance/windows of a house which had previously had a break-in attempt, and for watching him.

I’m fairly sure Zimmerman still has huge legal bills and debts to contend with (he’s a contender, alright!). I’m also fairly sure that despite his pledge of 100% of his official share of the proceeds to charity, there will be some kind of legitimate, ancillary remuneration winding up to his favor as a result of this stunt.

Either way, if he gets beaten badly, fights to a draw, or if he triumphs, it will benefit a good cause, and it will actually give his enemies and his supporters a chance to see him (despite being a “celebrity”) that much more as just a vulnerable human being, needing a job in Obama’s post-American wasteland, and putting his bacon on the line for all to see.

I predict Z will earn some begrudging ”props,” as they say. Word has it that he’s been in the ring training hard for the bout. I hope he’s discovering his inner Ralph Macchio.

Incidentally, there’s a vending machine up the hall from where I sat writing this…for the occasion, I consumed a delectable bag of Skittles while composing the first few paragraphs. I’m thinking that I just may eventually decide to finish that book, the one I started writing last year on the Zimmerman case, after all. Don’t touch that remote.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Politics; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: georgezimmerman; racerelations; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
Who should be George Zimmerman's opponent in the celebrity boxing match? Amanda Knox? Maybe the thug who got his ass kicked by Epic Beard Man on that Oakland bus ride a few years ago? Toure? Melissa Harris-Perry? Malik Zulu Shabazz?
1 posted on 02/02/2014 12:44:52 PM PST by IChing
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To: IChing

Richard Simmons


2 posted on 02/02/2014 12:46:32 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: IChing
Who should be George Zimmerman's opponent in the celebrity boxing match?


3 posted on 02/02/2014 12:47:54 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Doogle

LMAO now THAT would be the best!!!!


4 posted on 02/02/2014 12:48:06 PM PST by IChing
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To: IChing

Soledad O’Brien? Piers Morgan?


5 posted on 02/02/2014 12:58:39 PM PST by IChing
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To: IChing

How about one of those infamous Black Panthers who were guarding the polling place?


6 posted on 02/02/2014 1:00:59 PM PST by TauntedTiger (Keep away from the fence!)
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To: TauntedTiger

All I know is that if he goes down, the hoodie wearin’ opponent better duck and run. Will the have a phony sidewalk painted on the mat?


7 posted on 02/02/2014 1:11:50 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: rktman

Could paint the ring like the outside of polling place too?


8 posted on 02/02/2014 1:21:08 PM PST by TauntedTiger (Keep away from the fence!)
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To: IChing
He can never go back to being just George Zimmerman.

For better or worse he's entered the realm of celebrity, he might as well cash in.

9 posted on 02/02/2014 1:23:22 PM PST by AU72
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To: IChing
Who should be George Zimmerman's opponent in the celebrity boxing match?

Justin Beiber.

10 posted on 02/02/2014 1:24:22 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: IChing

Dennis Rodman.


11 posted on 02/02/2014 1:25:57 PM PST by Misterioso (Man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress. - Ayn Rand)
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To: AU72

Yep.


12 posted on 02/02/2014 1:27:10 PM PST by IChing
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To: Misterioso

Ooh!


13 posted on 02/02/2014 1:27:30 PM PST by IChing
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To: Rodamala

RuPual


14 posted on 02/02/2014 1:27:41 PM PST by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: IChing

Al Sharpton


15 posted on 02/02/2014 1:30:43 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: IChing

George better be careful or people will start to think he doesn’t quite have all his oars in the water.


16 posted on 02/02/2014 1:31:59 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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17 posted on 02/02/2014 1:32:12 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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Come on people, think with your heads. This fight will not be real. It’s going to be pay-per-view REALITY TV, i.e. a stunt. The idea is 2-fold: (a.) George loses badly, but shows courage in fighting, his critics start liking him (or rather, hate him less), and (b.) George makes a ton of money. Which he splits with the ‘promoter’ and hired boxer, course.


18 posted on 02/02/2014 1:36:14 PM PST by DontBeSoGullible
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To: IChing

Spike Lee


19 posted on 02/02/2014 1:42:53 PM PST by kanawa
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To: IChing

On a completely unrelated note, because of what day it is and it being my thread, this NEVER fails to give me goosebumps over every inch of my flesh and chokes/tears me up big time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og0V1UtjPt4


20 posted on 02/02/2014 1:45:48 PM PST by IChing
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To: Rodamala

It’s Zimmerman’s only.

I would have suggested my grandma, but I didn’t want to humiliate Zimmerman too badly.


21 posted on 02/02/2014 1:47:56 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: IChing

Please let it be Bill Maher. I want to beat the crap out of him myself but I would enjoy seeing George do it.


22 posted on 02/02/2014 1:53:33 PM PST by cquiggy
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To: IChing

If he does this, will his hands forever be considered a weapon??....making him a target.


23 posted on 02/02/2014 1:54:44 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: IChing

24 posted on 02/02/2014 2:03:14 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: AU72
He can never go back to being just George Zimmerman.

Sure he could. He's a free man. There's no conspiracy forcing him to get involved with such publicity-seeking ventures.

For better or worse he's entered the realm of celebrity, he might as well cash in.

There's a difference between celebrity and notoriety. He's a man who was widely publicized for killing a 17 year old, and then went through a highly politicized trial to determine whether he was justified in doing so. Most of us, if forced to take a human life to defend ourselves or our families, would not see it as an opportunity to cash in or become a reality TV star.
25 posted on 02/02/2014 2:40:42 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Sacajaweau
If he does this, will his hands forever be considered a weapon??....making him a target.

You could not step twice into the same river. Besides, we do not know yet if his intent is to lose so badly that he is mandated to carry two handguns, not just one :-)

26 posted on 02/02/2014 2:50:23 PM PST by Greysard
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To: IChing

Joe Biden, Al Gore, the prosecutor in his trial, his x wife, Chris Matthews, George Clooney, Anthony Weiner, Matt Damon, Bill Maher, Rosie O’Donnell, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Ted Turner or his wife Jane for a few I would pay money to see fight him.


27 posted on 02/02/2014 2:56:29 PM PST by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: IChing

Spike Lee

Zimm would clobber that Blsck Racist wuss...remember Lee threatened Zimms parents....and Spike is just a Black Racist douche


28 posted on 02/02/2014 3:08:28 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (A Theory is not a Fact....It is not called the "Fact of Evolution")
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
"There's a difference between celebrity and notoriety. He's a man who was widely publicized for killing a 17 year old, and then went through a highly politicized trial to determine whether he was justified in doing so. Most of us, if forced to take a human life to defend ourselves or our families, would not see it as an opportunity to cash in or become a reality TV star."

So just how is GZ going to make a living? He's such a lightning rod that nobody will hire him for any job. Does he even have a marketable skill set of any kind? Security work, not likely. He's about as physically imposing as the cookie monster.

If I was unemployed and unemployable I would also be hoping for options. Does he have enough ready cash to buy himself a bigmack? I could hire him to help with some fencing and stable work for minimum wage, that aint a living, that's six roomies in a rented trailer. OK if you're 18 not so much for a grown man.

Walk his path and any options could be enticing.

29 posted on 02/02/2014 7:23:18 PM PST by theneanderthal
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
Most of us, if forced to take a human life to defend ourselves or our families, would not see it as an opportunity to cash in or become a reality TV star.

If it were a malicious prosecution as he suffered in Florida, then sure we would. At least I would. I would not let a day go by where I didn't pierce pins into an Angela Corey doll.

30 posted on 02/02/2014 8:11:50 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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