Late last night, a jury in Sanford, Fl found George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old former neighborhood watchman, not guilty on all charges levied against him in the shooting death of unnarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. While in the preceding days it was widely speculated Zimmerman would not be found guilty of murder, it seemed the lesser charge of manslaughter would likely come to fruition. It did not. From the time the decision was announced, comedians have been sounding off on Twitter about the case. Here’s a sampling.
Dear George Zimmerman: may I suggest you use Gene Hackman's escape strategy from the end of THE BIRDCAGE?
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 14, 2013
You're sitting mighty pretty if you have Zimmerman in your death pool. 71 point buck.
— Drew Michael (@drewmcomedy) July 14, 2013
Why are people so obsessed with race? The Zimmerman case has highlighted the obvious evils of Skittles and neighborhood watch programs
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) July 13, 2013
I know this isn't a popular view, but I believe Trayvon Martin killed George Zimmerman.
— Ari Shaffir (@AriShaffir) July 14, 2013
George Zimmerman will live in perpetual fear and that will be his sentence
— tom segura (@tomsegura) July 14, 2013
FYI, at this point I'd rather threats from Klan members rather than one white person "explaining" to me why this isn't racism.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) July 14, 2013
So the police tell you to do something you ignore them somebody ends up dead . Isn't that in itself a crime.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) July 14, 2013
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) July 14, 2013
Even though Zimmerman was found not guilty, I still don't recommend armed vigilantism, stalking and/or manslaughter, i.e. the things he did.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) July 14, 2013
I really thought two wrongs would make a right this time.
— Bonnie McFarlane (@bonniemcfarlane) July 14, 2013
What horrifies and causes outrage today can promote careful consideration and prevent similar tragedies tomorrow if we communicate and grow.
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) July 14, 2013
Skittles should have paid for the prosecution for getting all this free publicity. #ZimmermanTrial
— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) July 14, 2013
I wish I could say I was shocked. I am just sad and deeply disappointed. I refuse to become jaded… though it seems the only option.
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) July 14, 2013
The only thing that surprised me about the verdict is that juries work on Saturdays.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 14, 2013
Since we're opening a conversation on race relations can we talk about guns too? No? Not the time? Ok, I'll wait until more kids get shot
— Jason Jones (@jonesinforjason) July 14, 2013
There's so much racism in our country, and the fact that people don't think they're being racist makes it worse.
— Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) July 14, 2013
Fuck it, I'd riot.
— Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) July 14, 2013
This is not entertainment. This is part and parcel of a prison industrial complex that criminalizes black and brown skin. #JusticeforTrayvon
— Ted Alexandro (@tedalexandro) July 14, 2013
Shout out to Trayvon. Young man, you will never, ever be forgotten.
— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) July 14, 2013
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) July 14, 2013
Finding it hard to dispell the idea that everyone supporting George Zimmerman is racist.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 14, 2013