Skip to comments.On Second Thought, George Zimmerman Accepting Celebrity Boxing Challenge Is Pure Genius
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-CreeeeepyyyyAaaaasss Crack-aaaaaahhh!!!!
Thats 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: Ill Fight Anyone Even Black People.
As a caveat, to my knowledge, that phrase, Ill fight anyone even black people is not something Zimmerman actually said, just the TMZ editors way of putting words in Zimmermans mouth, seeing as Zimmerman has said hell take on whoever winds up being selected as his opponent, regardless of race. Promoter Damon Feldman is quoted as saying, Were not looking at it as a race thing We havent 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 eventespecially when you consider that its pugilistic nature is rather identical to that of the incident which made Zimmerman famous in the first placewhat 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 Kokopellis 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.
Pollocks 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 Martins 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 prosecutions 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 Zimmermans 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 isnt a dumb moveon Zimmermans or the promoters partat all.
Its extremely provocative, physically dangerous, and highly inflammatory in the socio-political sense, yesand its exactly theopposite kind of thing many of us believe Zimmerman should be doing: Its 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, 2014almost 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 Martins death, weve 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.
Weve also seen George, the artist, sell a very patriotic original painting, his own work, on E-Bay for over $100,000, and weve 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.
Lets face it. George Zimmerman isnt going away, he isnt going underground, and he isnt backing down.
The police were called to the Retreat at Twin Lakes 402 timesthats right, 402 timesin 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.
Im fairly sure Zimmerman still has huge legal bills and debts to contend with (hes a contender, alright!). Im 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 Obamas 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 hes been in the ring training hard for the bout. I hope hes discovering his inner Ralph Macchio.
Incidentally, theres 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. Im thinking that I just may eventually decide to finish that book, the one I started writing last year on the Zimmerman case, after all. Dont touch that remote.
LMAO now THAT would be the best!!!!
Soledad O’Brien? Piers Morgan?
How about one of those infamous Black Panthers who were guarding the polling place?
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?
Could paint the ring like the outside of polling place too?
For better or worse he's entered the realm of celebrity, he might as well cash in.
George better be careful or people will start to think he doesn’t quite have all his oars in the water.
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.
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:
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