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Insensitive: These Halloween costumes featuring two Florida men portraying Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman created an online storm
An racially offensive set of Halloween costumes has caused widespread anger after they were published on social media on Friday night.
William Filene, 25, is dressed in blackface as Trayvon Martin, a splash of fake blood on his chest representing where the unarmed 17-year-old was fatally shot in the chest on February 2012.
Greg Cimeno, 22, is wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with Neighborhood Watch. He portrays George Zimmerman, who was controversially acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges after a high-profile Florida trial in July.
Just for fun? Caitlin Cimeno posted the images on her Instagram account and Facebook page
The images were posted on Facebook and Instagram by Caitlin Cimeno - the woman who also features in the pictures.
She captioned the images: 'Happy Halloween from Zimmerman & trayvon' with a smiley face emoticon.
The Smoking Gun reports that both men live in Cape Coral, Florida. Caitlin Cimeno reportedly lives in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Greg Cimeno commented 'Anything for the laugh' on Caitlin's posting. When some of her friends questioned the costumes by writing 'Not too funny,' Greg replied, 'Not too funny. It's f*****g hilarious!!!'
Dressing up: William Filene (left) and Greg Cimeno (right) portrayed Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman respectively
Joke: Caitlin Cimeno also featured in the pictures and posted them online
According to the Smoking Gun, Filene was sentenced to an auto theft felony in June. He reportedly has also got into trouble with authorities for loitering/prowling and failing to register an automobile.
When the images appeared online they immediately elicited an angry response from commenters, with many describing the images as offensive and insensitive.
One Twitter user wrote: 'I just saw a Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Halloween costume. That is literally beyond disgusting. People make me so sick.' Other users defended the images as an original costume idea.
I WISH WHITE PEOPLE COULD HAVE SOMEONE WITH A TRAGEDY BE A FAMILY MEMEBER OR LOVE WOULD HAVE THE SAME THING HAPPEN TO THEM. BECAUSE MAYBE IF PEOPLE SAW IT MADE FUN OF IT I BET THEY WOULDN'T THINK THAT S*** WAS FUNNY. MAYBE THEIR MOTHER HAVE A TRAGEDY LIKE THIS MAYBE SEE THEM DIE LIKE THIS THEY WON'T THINK IS SO COOL THEN. NO HUMAN COMPASSION ASS WIPES.
@Bob long time king !!! Excellent point !!!
@Ab Gai tell me ya joking !!! Please
White folks just love to get under black peoples' skin and they know exactly how to do it. There's nothing funny about an innocent young life being lost. At least have compassion for Trayvon's parents, number 1. they lost a child, number 2. they had to watch their child's killer go free.
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