March 30th, 2012 by faye
Film director Spike Lee was put in hot water after he retweeted a wrong address he thought belonged to Trayvon Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman. Now, Lee has apologized for his actions.
According to reports, 55-year-old Spike Lee retweeted the address of an elderly Florida couple, thinking it was the address of George Zimmerman, the volunteer neighborhood watchman who shot and killed an unarmed black teen named Trayvon Martin.
The said address which Spike Lee retweeted to his 250,000 followers belonged to an elderly couple, David and Elaine McClain. The couple are public school employees both in their 70s who have nothing to do with the tragedy of Trayvon Martin. Now, the elderly couple are living in a hotel and said that they are concerned for their safety.
“We’re afraid for our lives,” Elaine McClain told WKMG-TV in Orlando.
McClain said her son’s middle name is George and his last name is Zimmerman, but he hadn’t lived at the residence since 1995.
The website thesmokinggun.com reported that David and Elaine McClain received a letter with the words “Taste the Rainbow,” the slogan of Skittles.
“We’re keeping everything locked,” a frightened Elaine McClain told the website.
Spike Lee has spoken up regarding his actions and gave his apologies to David and Elaine McClain, writing “I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain’s In Peace. Justice In Court.”
The killing of Trayvon Martin has sparked national outrage and protests after George Zimmerman was not charged with murder because he claimed to be protecting himself.