Spike Lee incited quite a controversy last week when he re-tweeted George Zimmerman's home address to his 200,000 followers. With a $10,000 bounty on his head, George Zimmerman -- who shot and killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin last month -- was certainly in danger if a mob got its hands on him.
Indeed, the leader of the New Black Panthers' statement, “God d***it, he should be fearful for his life," and subsequent Twitter comments along the lines of, "Lets go smash this n***a...EVERYBODY REPOST THIS George W. Zimmerman 159 Edgewater Circle Sanford, Florida 32773 (407)435-2400," confirmed that any visits would not be a simple social call.
So it's a little embarrassing that Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket decided to take a drive near Zimmerman's supposed residence and found that, "The Edgewater Circle address Mr. Lee re-tweeted out is not part of the gated Retreat at Twin Lakes where the shooting took place, and where Mr. Zimmerman lives. The area is not even a gated community."
In fact, Picket met the man who lives across the street and found that a woman named Elaine actually lives at the address, and has been put in danger by the overwhelming publicity.
He concluded: "While it was not wise to incite the masses to go to an address he thought was Mr. Zimmerman's to begin with, Mr. Lee should should still 'do the right thing' and give the actual resident at the address above some peace and apologize for disrupting her life."
The website The Smoking Gun tracked down the real owners of the house. And their name isn't even Zimmerman:
The residence on Edgewater Circle is actually the home of David McClain, 72, and his wife Elaine, 70. The McClains, both of whom work for the Seminole County school system, have lived in the 1310-square-foot lakefront home for about a decade, records show.
In an interview tonight, Elaine McClain told TSG that she and her husband were “afraid” due to the online linking of her address to Zimmerman. “We're keeping everything locked,” she said. McClain added that the couple was particularly unnerved by a letter mailed to them at their home. On the envelope, she said, were printed the words “Taste The Rainbow,” the slogan for Skittles. Martin was carrying a pack of Skittles and a can of ice tea when he was gunned down by Zimmerman.