Spike Lee Does The Wrong Thing With A Tweet
Yesterday it was Justin Bieber, today it's Spike Lee who's in trouble over a Tweet. It's a sign of how wrong things can go via social media and it allegedly put an elderly Florida in danger.
The original tweet was sent to the movie producer and other celebs from a Los Angeles man who goes by the name “maccapone” on Twitter. The tweet was supposed to be the address of George Zimmerman, the man that fatally shot Trayvon Martin. However, property records and interviews tell a different story.
It looks like the home belongs to and has for a long time, a married Florida couple in their seventies, who have no connection with Zimmerman and who are now “living in fear” according to The Smoking Gun website.
After Lee retweeted the message to his 240,000 followers on Twitter, the address on Edgewater Circle in Sanford, FL started to spread across Twitter and other social networks like Facebook.
The residence at that address belongs to David McClain, 72 years old and his wife Elaine, 70 years old. Property records show that they've lived at that address for about ten years now.
In an interview with The Smoking Gun, Elaine McClain said that her and her husband were afraid due to the information posted online that linked her address to Zimmerman. McClain added that they had to keep everything locked now and were staying at a hotel.
The Twitter user that tied the McCain's address to Zimmerman didn't do his homework. There are voter records tie a William George Zimmeran to the Edgewater Circle address and the McClain's do have a son named George Zimmerman, but he's 45 years old. The Zimmerman who shot Martin was just twenty-eight years old and his middle initial is M.
[Story via Washington Times]