Spike Lee’s Twitter Error Sends Elderly Couple into Hiding
Spike Lee tweeted out what he thought was George Zimmerman’s address the other day. As bad as that was, it wasn’t even Zimmerman’s address:
An elderly couple have fled their Sanford, Fla., home — at least temporarily — after their address was wrongly spread on Twitter as belonging to George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, Orlando Sentinel reports.
The 70-year-old woman, a school cafeteria worker, and her 72-year-old husband have moved into a hotel after getting hate mail and unwanted visitors, their son, Chip Humble, tells the newspaper,
The Smoking Gun reports that the address was retweeted by director Spike Lee to his 240,000 followers. CNN reports that Lee has since taken it down from his Twitter site.
The couple, identified as Elaine and David McClain, tell The Smoking Gun that they were “afraid,” especially after receiving an envelope printed with the words “Taste the Rainbow.”
As of the writing of this post, there’s been no apology from Spike Lee.