Let this be a lesson: Tweet with caution! Spike Lee is surely feeling guilty tonight after mistakenly retweeting an address he thought belonged to Trayvon Martin's killer George Zimmerman, but in fact is the residence of an elderly couple who have nothing to do with the controversial murder.
The Tweet originally came from Marcus Davonne Higgins, who also posted it to his Facebook wall with the message: “Feel free to reach out & touch him.” Lee then retweeted it on Tuesday. Higgins also tweeted that same address to other celebrities, like 50 Cent, LeBron James and Will Smith, but Lee was the only one to retweet it.
Elaine McClain, 70, who has lived at the house with her husband, David McClain, 72, for about 10 years says, “Maybe we should get a lawyer and send a cease and desist letter to Spike Lee.” The Florida couple fled their home for fear they'll get caught in the cross fire of angry citizens seeking justice for what some consider a racially-motivated murder.
After Lee retweeted the erroneous address to his 248,000 followers, Tweets for revenge for the death of Martin began circulating online. “Let’s turn up the heat on his b---h a--!!!” says one Tweet that contained the address. “Get this mutha f---a!!” says another that also contains the address.
The Smoking Gun concludes that Higgins probably got the address wrong by confusing the name George Zimmerman with William George Zimmerman, Elaine McClain’s 41-year-old son by a previous husband whose name is on the property records. The two men have no relation.
Neither Lee nor original-tweeter Higgins have made himself available for comment.
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