Those who followed the Zimmerman trial are not unfamiliar with the way that Trayvon Martin’s character and past were called into question throughout the proceedings. Though Trayvon was shot and killed that rainy February night, and was thus denied a physical voice, the defense was not hesitant in its attempt to deface the character of the unarmed teen. Accusations of a fascination with “gangsta culture” and use of marijuana were mentioned by the defense in some bizarre attempt to paint Trayvon in an unfavorable light. Though the trial ended and Zimmerman was not charged, accusations pointed at Trayvon’s character are still popping up, with the latest coming from none other than your friendly neighborhood Rush Limbaugh.
On Tuesday, Limbaugh passionately proclaimed on his radio show that, “Zimmerman got beat up because Trayvon thought he was gay.”
This idea came about after an interview with Rachel Jeantel on Monday night’s CNN. Rachel, who was on the phone with Trayvon as Zimmerman stalked him, told Trayvon to “run, run, run” from the “creepy-ass cracker,” going on to say that Zimmerman, a grown man, pursuing a minor in a hostile fashion during the night, “may be a rapist.” According to Limbaugh, this planted an idea in Trayvon’s mind; the idea that the man pursuing him was gay, and that he, an unarmed teenager, needed to take it upon himself to beat him up because of that.
Limbaugh, seemingly smug and delighted by this revelation, went on to say, “Well, boy. The left is gonna have a real problem here. They’re gonna have to balance: Which group are they going to favor, gays or blacks?” Reading into the tone of Limbaugh’s show, it would seem he, personally, is on the side of “the gays,” which the writer is sure many in the queer community will appreciate deeply, especially since he has such a good track record with “the gays.”
There you have it, folks. The Zimmerman trial and Trayvon Martin’s death did not have anything to do with race. It was, in fact, a hate crime against George Zimmerman, a gay man who did nothing more than hostilely approach a young man at night on account of him looking “suspicious,” with the confrontation ending in said young man’s death and Zimmerman, the true victim, having to endure a long, grueling trial in order to be found innocent of all accounts.