Update: TMZ reports that while DMX has verbally confirmed the fight, he’s still waiting for contract terms.
Original Text: Have you ever wondered what a Tarantino revenge flick would look like if it took place in real life in the year 2014?
Well, this is it. Sort of. And I’m struggling for words.
Let’s start with the facts. George Zimmerman is the infamous neighborhood watch coordinator from Sanford, Fla., who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin two years ago. Martin was unarmed, but allegedly attacked Zimmerman after being confronted, resulting in a fight that ended with the gunshot. Because there wasn’t substantial evidence to refute Zimmerman’s self-defense claims, and due to a “Stand Your Ground” statute that essentially gave him the right to defend himself with lethal force, Zimmeran was acquitted in his murder trial.
This decision, to put it mildly, was not popular in all corners. The acquittal sparked an intense debate about racial politics in America, and left many feeling dissatisfied, underrepresented and totally unprotected. The best thing Zimmerman could do, it seemed, was to fade from public view and attempt to lead a quiet life.
Instead, two years later, he reached out to Damon Feldman, owner of the Celebrity Boxing franchise, and initiated a process that would put him squarely back in the limelight. Apparently boxing had been a hobby of Zimmerman’s even before the shooting, and he’s already begun the process of spewing quotes about “getting in shape” and being able to “help a charity out.”
Feldman received more than 15,000 emailed requests from people wanting to fight Zimmerman, and he ended up choosing DMX. The famous rapper, who is 43 (Zimmerman is 30), told TMZ he took the fight for “every black person who has been done wrong in the system.”
And that’s not the only thing he said. Prepare for the onslaught:
“I am going to beat the living fk out him … I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I fk him right up.”
“Once I am done with him, I am going to whip my dk out and piss on him … right in his muthafkin face.”
“Zimmerman is a piece of s**t and that’s what he needs to drink.”
Next week, we’ll find out the date and venue of the fight. All in all, this feels like a gross display regardless of the outcome. If DMX wins, it’s a hollow stand-in for any real change in society; satisfying to some, but ultimately meaningless in the face of Martin’s death. And if Zimmerman wins—dear God—it’ll be like that Onion article about him winning the lottery, except worse, and also real.