The death of Trayvon Martin in 2012 was a flashpoint in modern activism, setting the stage for much of what we see today from Black Lives Matter and other organization. The Root reports that despite a major hiccup, plans are still moving forward for Jay-Z to put together a documentary based on Martin, and to a minimal surprise, an angry George Zimmerman is threatening violence over the production.
The major hiccup here is the recent firestorm of allegations around Harvey Weinstein, which has now grown to envelop basically the entire professional world in allegations of s*xual misconduct. Prior to this, earlier this year, Jay-Z announced that he was working with the Weinstein Company to produce a six-part documentary about Martin’s life titled, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, based on attorney Lisa Bloom’s book Suspicion Nation.
Weinstein is no longer with the company, but the production is moving forward as scheduled, with the documentary still being created and executive-produced by Michael Gasparro. Where Zimmerman enters in is a recent interview with The Blast, where he alleges that Gasparro and his production company are harassing his parents and other family members in the Florida area for an interview.
“I know how to handle people who f*** with me, I have since February 2012,” Zimmerman said. This references the date he killed Martin. Zimmerman also alleges that an unspecified amount of money was paid to his ex-wife for her participation in the documentary.
One can’t be too surprised that Zimmerman feels that he can make such a statement, as just about any crimes that he can be associated with so far are things that he’s been able to get away with legally, including Martin’s death. Chances are that the opportunity for him to meet Jay-Z face-to-face and have the opportunity to make good on his threats are unlikely, but so long as he is given a platform, these type of statements should be expected, especially if there is any truth to these claims of “harassment.”
Jay-Z and his camp have yet to make any response to the threat, and for all we know, it may not even be on their radar.