Have We Entered the Era of Crowdsourced Hate-Funding?


Lynching rose to prominence in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most notably in the Deep South during the dawn of Reconstruction. Lynching was extra-judicial, vigilante action used to intimidate African Americans — and sometimes sympathetic whites — to enforce racist Jim Crow law. Individuals who participated in lynch mobs were seldom convicted in a court of law, even if properly identified, meaning perpetrators were safe, generally anonymous, and rarely held accountable for their actions.

Perhaps more disgustingly, lynching was a public spectacle, often treated as a family-friendly community event. It was not uncommon for children to be brought to the sight of lynchings, as a victim’s body hung lifelessly from a tree. So agreeable were whites to the racial violence of lynching, many took photos gathered around the victim, united as one for the cause of a dead black man.

While lynching has occurred less frequently since the Civil Rights Movement, its legacy remains present in the modern era; the noose remains symbolic, and makes regular appearances at many universities. The mob mentality persists as well, now in the form of the digital campaign, where individual donors unite as one.

In the wake of the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, and allegations of first-degree rape and sexual battery of eight black women, lucrative crowdsourcing fundraisers were established for George Zimmerman, officer Darren Wilson and officer Daniel Holtzclaw, respectively.

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Shirley Temple Was a Celebrity. George Zimmerman Is Not.


Following the passing of film icon Shirley Temple on Monday, a common refrain in the pieces that commemorated her life and work was that she she didn’t make an embarrassment of herself once the bright lights of the Fox studio lot no longer cared to capture her image.

It is noteworthy that someone of Temple’s stature could fade into a polished second act so seamlessly. Especially someone as iconic and profitable as she. She was Lindsay Lohan… Mary-Kate and Ashley… Miley… Britney… all rolled into one and beyond, peaking somewhere around her 16th birthday. She left celebrity behind. She served others. She lived her life. A rare feat in today’s Coming Attractions celebrity atmosphere. We should all be so fortunate.

Already, too much has been said about this “celebrity boxing match” between child killer George Zimmerman and nostalgically beloved, albeit deeply troubled rapper DMX.

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Oh Brother: George Zimmerman Fight Not Actually Canceled, Says Damon Feldman


UPDATE: According to British billionaire Alki David, the George Zimmerman fight will happen. Click here to read what happened at the fight press conference on Tuesday outside of Philadelphia.

ORIGINALDamon Feldman (left) had canceled the George Zimmerman vs. DMX boxing match, we had our doubts. And sure enough, on Monday morning, Feldman told us that he still hadn’t reached a final decision. “It all comes down to a meeting I have at noon today,” says Feldman, who declined to say who else would be attending that meeting. Read more »

George Zimmerman Fight Canceled [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 2/10, 11:30 a.m.: Damon Feldman says that the George Zimmerman boxing match is not canceled.

UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: The promoter, Damon Feldman, has apparently backtracked on the cancelation. For the latest on the status of the fight, see the coverage from Phillymag.com’s Victor Fiorillo here.


george zimmerman dmx fightTMZ reports:

George Zimmerman will not be going toe-to-toe with DMX in a celebrity boxing event … and the promoter says it’s because his conscience finally kicked in.

The promoter for the event took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to officially cancel the event … and said he finally realized there’s “more to life then money.”

The promoter adds, “Just looked at my son and daughter today wow I’m so lucky those people must be in so much pain … all you people are right.”

Zimmerman Fight to Be Livestreamed by Billionaire Alki David

UPDATE: At a press conference on February 11th, Damon Feldman announced that he is no longer involved in the George Zimmerman fight. British billionaire Alki David says that he is moving forward with the March 15th match. For a complete report from the press conference, go here.

FilmOn founder Alki David (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

FilmOn founder Alki David (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)


Embattled Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman has formed a partnership with controversial British billionaire Alki David — who once offered to pay someone $1 million to streak in front of President Obama — to bring the George Zimmerman boxing match to the world. According to David, who now lives in Beverly Hills, the fight will be livestreamed on FilmOn.com and broadcast live on a British cable channel.

David says that the end-user price for the stream has not yet been fixed and that he expects there to be a variety of viewing options. “There will be an interactive option where viewers will be able to enter comments live and interact with other viewers,” he says, adding that a free option may also be available.

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Damon Feldman Cancels George Zimmerman Press Conference


Earlier this week, Philadelphia Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman told us that George Zimmerman would be coming to Philadelphia next week. The purpose: to take part in a press conference for the upcoming boxing match pitting Trayvon Martin’s killer against troubled rap star DMX. But on Friday morning, facing a torrent of outrage, Feldman said that Zimmerman wouldn’t be appearing as scheduled. Read more »

White House Petition to Stop George Zimmerman DMX Boxing Match


UPDATE: Under pressure from the growing opposition to the George Zimmerman/DMX boxing match, fight promoter Damon Feldman has indicated that Zimmerman will not appear at the Philadelphia press conference next week.


A lot of people are unhappy about the upcoming celebrity boxing match pitting Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman against troubled rapper DMX, and someone has started a White House petition to stop the fight. Read more »

George Zimmerman to Fight DMX in Celebrity Boxing Match [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 2/10, 11:30 a.m.: Damon Feldman says that the George Zimmerman boxing match is not canceled.

UPDATE [2/9/2014,12:59 a.m.]: Promoter Damon Feldman cancels George Zimmerman/DMX fight, then backtracks, say’s he’ll announce the final outcome on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Under pressure from the growing opposition to the George Zimmerman/DMX boxing match, fight promoter Damon Feldman has indicated that Zimmerman will not appear at the Philadelphia press conference next week.

george zimmerman dmx fight


George Zimmerman agreed to fight in a celebrity boxing match, but now he may be biting his tongue. Buzzfeed reports that the man who was  found not guilty for the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin will fight DMX.

“I am going to beat the living fuck out him,” the rapper told TMZ. “I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I fuck him right up.”

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