Trayvon Martin Costume Sparks Outrage [IMAGE]

    October 27, 2013
    Erika Watts
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Many Facebook and Twitter users were outraged after seeing a photo of a man dressed up as Trayvon Martin for Halloween. Not only did the man wear blackface, his costume depicted Trayvon after he was killed.

The photo, which has been called racially insensitive among other things, was taken at a party. The Halloween costume comes just months after neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of the unarmed 17-year-old.

The picture, which was first posted to Facebook on Friday and later removed from public access only to show up on Twitter on Sunday, shows a female posing with the two men who decided to go as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman for Halloween:

According to The Smoking Gun, the men in the offending costumes are from Cape Coral, Florida. One of the Florida men portrayed Zimmerman by wearing a “Neighborhood Watch” t-shirt and the other portrayed Martin by painting his face black and wearing a hoodie that had a bullet hole and bloodstains.

The woman who originally posted the photo on Facebook, Kt Cimeno, posted the following caption: “Happy Halloween from Zimmerman & trayvon :).” Many of Cimeno’s friends were quick to point out that the photo wasn’t funny.


The photo was later posted to Twitter by user @jamievandekamp. The photo has been retweeted more than 200 times and has received dozens of comments, most of which condemn the Trayvon Martin costume. Even NFL player Chad Johnson responded to the photo.

The news of the Trayvon Martin costume comes on the heels of actress Julianne Hough’s apology for wearing blackface as part of her Halloween costume. Hough went as a character from Orange is the New Black. She darkened her face and neck to portray the African American character Crazy Eyes.

[Images via YouTube and The Smoking Gun]

  • Tobias Roth

    Outrageous. Those kids need to think about what they are doing before they dress up…what is the girl supposed to be anyway?

  • Guy Jenderson

    Joke’s on him. Halloween is not on October 26th.

  • Steve

    This is the problem in USA…..Hope they rot in hell

    • CM

      The problem in the US is selective racism hysteria. They skip over a dozen nonwhite on white violent crime stories to report this insignificant piece of crap.

      You’re a parrot.

  • Crusader

    This a great idea, all Americans should dress up like this guy with the black face for Halloween. Black people are like the Grinch that stole Halloween trying to steal our fun.

    • L

      God bless you.

    • JANE

      Go to bed, David Duke, you are drunk.

  • Ken

    I wish racism never existed.It does no one any good. It’s like a poison that’s slowly killing the world.

    • CM

      You’re the epitome of a racism hysteric. You’ve bought into it hook, line and sinker. You’re a sucker. The reality is that they probably skipped over two dozen violent interracial crime stories, black on white, to report on this foolishness instead.

      And the least racist people in the world are whites, and yet we’re the only ones who are constantly attacked for it. If we’re so bad why don’t all of these unhappy nonwhites get the hell away from us?

      • JANE

        LOL The problem, here, is that you’re comparing apples to oranges. The reason we don’t hear about those kinds of crimes is because the police actually do their jobs and investigate and arrest people, unlike in the Trayvon Martin case where they waited almost a month to actually investigate it and take it to the DA rather than unilaterally deciding there was no crime. And then only after the Martins went to the press over it.

    • CM

      The media will make a bigger deal out of this insignificant story than any black on white violent crime story.

    • CM

      I hate racism hysterics, they’re fools who buy into divide and conquer strategies.

      • JANE

        Irony: that moment when a racism hysteric accuses everyone around them of being hysterical about racism.

  • lmnop

    The media will make a bigger deal out of that insignificant story than any black on white violent crime story.

    • JANE

      Yeah, might be related to the fact that when black people commit crimes against white people, the crimes are actually investigated and people go to jail.

  • lmnop

    The media will make a bigger deal out of that insignificant story than any black on white violent crime story.

    • stephenf

      That is for sure the friggin’ truth.

  • http://www.adsbooks.name Royal Queen

    There are movements all throughout the globe of my people (black) speaking against this; uplifting our people etc. If any one of you are interested please inbox me; http://www.facebook.com/authordiane.simmons I check all folders and or send me a friend request.

  • Quentell Watson

    Come to my home, and I got a trick for all 3. When 3 white people get shot on halloween blame the Trayvon Martin costume.

    • stephenf

      Well, Quentell…aren’t you a tough guy, now. And such a useful contributor to the stereotype. Congratulations.

      • Quentell Watson

        Do stephenf know what stephenf speaks? Tough is in the I of the beholder. Come to my house in a stephenf costume. Its trick no treat.

  • stephenf

    Wow. I think Zimmerman was totally innocent; that Martin made a stupid decision to try to beat down a guy who was annoying him and who he thought would be an easy mark, and got shot in the act of committing felony assault; and that much of the media and my side of the political aisle got this whole situation totally wrong, refusing to see it as anything but a race murder no matter what the facts actually were. But even _I_ know this costume is in really bad taste.

  • Sierra

    I see numerous comments sayin “they skip over the stories about black on white violence” not gonna deny that, but when have you ever seen a black person dress in white face and depict a white person who was murdered?…I’ll wait, white ppl are the least racist? PLEASE where do you think everyone else learned their racism from?! White ppl made racism ok that’s why it’ll never end

  • wes

    This is F’d up, Julian Hughes Costume not so much. This was done in bad taste, Julian’s was done cus shes a fan of the show.