George Zimmerman trial starts with F-words and knock-knock jokes
Opening statements in the George Zimmerman case were today, and oh my god you guys, they totally said the F-word and it went out live on TV.
Prosecutor John Guy quoted one of Zimmernan’s most famous lines – “fucking punks” – uttered to a police dispatcher on the night he called 911 to report that he’d seen a suspicious character (who turned out to be Trayvon Martin) walking through his gated community.
Now everybody’s freaking out, apologizing for offending “sensitive ears,” instituting seven-second delays, viewer discretion warnings and otherwise acting shocked that someone uttered obscenities during a murder trial. Because god forbid somebody who sits at home and obsessively watches minute-by-minute coverage of a murder trial might be offended by the F-bomb.
The defense, meanwhile, opened its case with a bad joke. A knock-knock joke that was a weird cheap shot at the jurors before him, no less. “Knock-knock,” Zimmerman attorney Don West began. “Who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? OK, good, you’re on the jury.”
Don’t quit your day job, Don.