Not Okay, Players: George Zimmerman x DMX Fight Cancelled [!]
UPDATE: Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman has cancelled The Zimmerman v. DMX fight originally scheduled for March 15th, tweeting out his cancellation in these words:
“More to life then money…I walked away from a million dollar payday with this fight but to be honest, I’d rather be happy and make people happy.”
Shortly afterward Feldman expounded to Rolling Stone:
“I looked into the eyes of my son and daughter today and couldn’t imagine someone killing them and getting off scot-free. It just really hurt. It was a tough decision because I could have made two million dollars here, but at least I have my dignity. I’m happy. Thank you.”
UPDATE: ABC News radio reports that DMX has said he is “not confirmed” to fight George Zimmerman, saying through his representative Domenick Nati:
“The boxing match between George Zimmerman and DMX is not officially confirmed,”
Which may simply indicate that DMX is holding out for the right amount of money. It also means, however, that he can still be swayed into walking away from this travesty. With that in mind, ColorOfChange.org has officially launched a campaign to stop the match before it’s officially announced, asking right-thinking people of all races to:
“Please join us in urging DMX to do the right thing and pull out of this shameful stunt now.”
Feldman, who lost his promoter’s license — and was banned from promoting fights in his native Pennsylvania after admitting to court investigators that 95 percent of his matches were rigged4,5 — stands to profit handsomely from a fake fight designed to make money off anti-Black sentiment as much as from those of us outraged by Zimmerman’s murder acquittal.
And Zimmerman’s bizarre eagerness to fight a Black man, the more high-profile the better — in a fit of dissociation, Zimmerman announced on Monday he’d like to fight Kanye West because he “attack[s] defenseless people”6 — makes a mockery of his criminal defense claim that he feared for his life in a struggle with an unarmed 17-year-old boy. Indulging Zimmerman in his monstrous fantasy recreation of that night — at 5’11″, DMX is ironically Trayvon’s exact height, of which Zimmerman’s defense team made significant issue at trial7 — serves no actual purpose beyond driving money and attention to a violent sociopath and his bottom-feeder promoter.
Rather than giving Zimmerman and his legions of racist supporters what they want, let’s honor Trayvon’s memory — and prevent future tragedies like his — by demanding a justice system that values and protects Black lives. Let’s rid this nation of anti-Black policies like Shoot First and Stop-and-Frisk, and demand better of a media industry that demonizes Black men and boys, perpetuating the dangerous perception by people like George Zimmerman that violence against us is acceptable and necessary.8
Okayplayer fully supports this campaign and we are happy to stand with ColorOfChange in their efforts. Please take a moment to let DMX — and anyone else who might consider stepping in to fill his shoes — know that we’re looking to him to do the right thing for all the other Trayvons in our lives that we can’t bear to lose. Click below to find out more and…
You may be aware–assuming your delete-George-Zimmerman-from-the-internet filter is not turned on–that the shooter in the Trayvon Martin tragedy put out a call recently to face off with “anybody who wants to fight him” in a celebrity boxing match. Names floated include Bahamian-born mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice, as well as rapper, Belly-star and professional trainwreck DMX, who put his name in by declaring:
“I am going to beat the living fuck out him … I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I fuck him right up…Once I am done with him, I am going to whip my dick out and piss on him … right in his muthafuckin face.”
Indications were that Zimmerman was holding out for Kanye West. However late yesterday evening Tuesday, February 4th, Celebrity Boxing owner and promoter Damon Feldman released the news that DMX was indeed confirmed, having been selected out of 15,000 willing contenders.
Announcing February 4th all but ensured that other outlets would pick up the story and circulate the news today, February 5th–which is Trayvon Martin’s birthday.
There is so much wrong with this situation that it’s hard to know where to start identifying the Not Okay–or whether to comment at all. But this unfolding travesty is so emblematic of the whole fuckery of America and our dysfunctional way of processing injustice that it seems necessary to say something.