Anytime weird, unbelievable news of the Daily Crazy variety comes across my e-desk, I automatically assume it happened in one of three locations: Florida, Arizona or Walmart. In most cases, Florida’s the winner and the latest George Zimmerman update keeps the state firm in the lead for f*ckery*.
Over the weekend, Zimmerman was greeted as the “guest of honor” at a gun show held in Orlando on Saturday.
“The organizers of the New Orlando Gun Show had to move their event after announcing that Zimmerman would be the guest of honor, but he still showed up to shake hands and help boost gun sales.
“The show was held at the Arms Room store in Orlando instead of at the Majestic. ‘They told us they canceled for community pressure,’ show organizer told Mike Piwowarski told WESH. ‘They were getting phone calls and backlash, and didn’t want that kind of person there.’
‘The New York Daily News reported that fewer than 20 people got an autograph from Zimmerman during the six hours that he was at the show.
“’He seemed nervous and actually a little scared to be there. He also appeared emotional, like he was really thankful and touched that people would come out to see him,’ said a woman who only wanted to be identified as Melissa. ‘It was pretty weird to meet him in person — and wow, he has gained a lot of weight!’”
A few weeks ago when the proposed fight between Zimmerman-DMX was making the rounds, a lot of the outcry focused on the event being billed as a “celebrity boxing match,” as if standing trial for murdering a teenager made one a celebrity. By definition, a celebrity is a person who is well-known, be it for fame or notoriety. If anyone’s still wondering why George Zimmerman could possibly be viewed as a celeb, look no further than the proprietors of the New Orlando Gun Show.
On the upside, not a lot of people showed up so maybe his celebrity is waning. If so, there’s still hope for humanity and Florida, too.
* — As a betting man, I’m just playing the odds here. Obviously, no offense to the cool people in Florida.