The general celebrity reaction to George Zimmerman's acquittal was one of incensed disapproval.
"This is shameful," Mandy Moore tweeted.
Rihanna, too, was outraged: "Only in America!"
Another pop star, Nicki Minaj, neither minced words, tweeting, "And our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy. #GodBlessAmerica."
The indignation and sense of injustice from celebrities, whether via television appearance, social media, stage address or otherwise, was well-documented and prevailing. But a few stars went against the common thread, supporting the jury's not guilty verdict.
On Thursday, while a guest on the DomNnate Radio Show, Bill Cosby explained how he believed that the prosecutors in the Zimmerman trial did a substandard job in presenting their second-degree murder case.
"The prosecution did not tell the story well and they lost," the 76-year-old comedian said. "If you're a lawyer and I'm a lawyer and I'm going up against you and we both have to talk to a jury, we present our story and I think if I don't present the story well enough, that you will win."
Later, Cosby rejected the notion that racial profiling played a part in Zimmerman's actions during the February 2012 incident.
"You can't prove that somebody is a racist unless they come out and do the act that is found to be that."
The oft-outspoken Lupe Fiasco went against the grain on Twitter following the verdict, before receiving so much reactionary fan abuse that he opted to lock his account.
Here are a few of the rapper's many post-verdict tweets:
- "Nobody knows what really happened except trayvon and Zimmerman. The justice system relies on reasonable doubt not our emotions."
- "The case should have never been televised as the potential to antagonize US race relations was, in my dumb, opinion too risky & unnecessary"
- "Your emotional reactions to a perceived injustice will get you nowhere. Organize (yeah right!) to fight total structural violence."
- "Rub your face in it! Swallow down that hard pill! Black blood spills in the streets of America nightly at the hands other blacks"
- "Zimmerman will be living in protective custody for the rest of his life. The rest is between him and God. @iBrettAdkins"
- "Trayvon is free…WE are dying…"
(Tweets courtesy of Twitchy.com.)
On Thursday, NBA Hall of Famer and current TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley was asked about the George Zimmerman trial on CNBC's Closing Bell.
"Any thoughts on the George Zimmerman verdict?" the host, Maria Batiromo, asked Barkley.
"Well, I agree with the verdict," he explained. "I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn't have enough evidence to charge (Zimmerman)."
Later, the 50-year-old offered a bigger picture view on the trial, mentioning race relations.
"I don't like when race gets out in the media because I don't think the media has clean hands," Barkley said.
Billionaire Donald Trump, who has nearly three million followers on Twitter and has tweeted more than 11,000 times, had this to say of the verdict:
Zimmerman is no angel but the lack of evidence and the concept of self-defense, especially in Florida law, gave the jury little other choice— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2013
Rock star and outspoken gun rights advocate Ted Nugent has been explicit in his support of the jury's verdict, even going so far as to say that Zimmerman should sue Trayvon Martin's parents for emotional damages.
Trayvon Martin's vicious attack on George Zimmerman and Martin's tragic death have no doubt surely dragged Mr. Zimmerman through 18 months of untold emotional hell, pain, distress, anguish, fatigue, nightmares and financial ruin. Again, following the narrative of the pro-Trayvon media types and other race-baiters, if Trayvon Martin was a minor, then Trayvon Martin's parents may be held liable for the emotional pain and suffering Mr. Zimmerman has been put through for the past 18 months, and surely for the rest of his life.
Nugent also dubbed Martin a "17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe."