“When you believe in things that you don’t understand / Then you suffer / Superstition aint the way.” — Superstition
It was inevitable. In the wake of the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict, celebrities came out of the woodwork to voice their opinions. And it was inevitable that more than a few of those opinions would range from contradictory to outright ridiculous.
Katy Perry tweets, “Ugh, my tummy turns.
RT “@RonanFarrow: American justice: still colorblind (as long as you’re white).” Um, sweetie, George Zimmerman isn’t white.
Victor Cruz on the verdict: “Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up with him.”
And then there’s Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons: “All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.”
Either of you would be more convincing if you were this vocal about the rampant criminal behavior within the NFL.
Kim Kardashian tweeted prayers along with the now familiar #nojustice hashtag. Really? Do you remember what your father did for a living? Nicole Brown Simpson was stabbed three times in the neck and bashed in the head. Ronald Goldman was stabbed twice in the neck. Thanks to your father’s involvement in the case and the fame that followed, we’re stuck with the Kardashian family. Talk about #nojustice.
And then there’s Stevie Wonder. I noticed there are no current tour dates on his website. I’m not surprised. After his statement he’ll be hard pressed to find a venue to play. Wonder urged his fans to join a boycott of Florida over its “stand your ground law.” He went on to proclaim, “Wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”
I’m going to assume he made those remarks without thinking it through. After all, weren’t the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center? I’m sorry, Stevie. Didn’t you realize California is one of 30 states with a stand your ground law? I hope you weren’t planning on any Motown concerts either. Your home state of Michigan also allows people to protect themselves if they’re being attacked.
Michigan MCL 780.972 states, in part, “An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat…”
Note the part that says “no duty to retreat.” If my life or the lives of my children is at risk, I have the right to protect them at ALL costs. The law goes on to say that the same rules apply if I or another individual is at risk of sexual assault. (Contrary to Clayton Williams’ idiotic and career ending statement, I don’t have to “relax and enjoy it).”