I guess George Zimmerman feels that since he can get away with killing an innocent 17-year-old teen walking down the street with a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea, he can also get away with stealing work that does not belong to him. But the Associated Press has some choice words for the wanna-be cop after he used one of their photos without authorization: pay me or else.
With $2 million in debt hovering over his head, Zimmerman has become something of a wanna-be artist since a Florida jury ruled him not guilty in July of shooting Trayvon Martin dead back in February of 2012. He has been selling “art” mocking America and, incredibly, it has fetched a handsome amount of money. One piece sold for more than $100,000, according to ebay. His most recent piece of artwork, titled “Angie,” is a doctored AP photo of Angela Corey, the woman who prosecuted him (poorly) during his murder trial last summer.
His brother, Robert Zimmerman, tweeted on Jan. 22 that the it would be on sale with details to follow:
But Team Zimmerman has already received private offers on the piece before releasing sale details to the public.
However, the AP is not please and the news agency’s spokesman Paul Colford said as much in an email to Politico:
“George Zimmerman clearly directly copied an AP photo to create his painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey,” Colford said. “The AP has sent a cease-and-desist letter asserting its copyright in the photo to the lawyer who recently represented Mr. Zimmerman. That lawyer has responded, and though she no longer represents Mr. Zimmerman, she will be forwarding the letter to him today.”
Always the one to poke the bear, Zimmerman had this to say in response:
Apparently, he isn’t aware of the fact that Shepard Fairey ended up settling with the AP for $1.6 million after he used one of its photos for his iconic Barack Obama “HOPE” poster. He ended up being sentenced in federal court in Manhattan in 2012 to two years of probation and fined $25,000 for tampering with evidence in the case, according to the New York Times.
This doesn’t seem to scare Zimmerman, however. But if I could be arrested for allegedly chocking my girlfriend (only to have her take back her statement) and be accused of pulling a gun on my wife and threatening her parents after she calls 911 (only to have her change her story) and get away with it, I guess I’d be feeling invincible, too.
However, something tells me the AP won’t be pull back on their demand that Zimmerman needs to stop trying to sell one of their photos as his own.
But ol’ George seems to be of the thick-headed variety, so it’s likely he will continue poking the bear until he ends up with a huge paw print smack dab on his face.
Now that would be a piece of art worth buying. In fact, it would be priceless.
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (11/26-12/2)
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1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
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2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
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8. new new
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9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
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10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
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14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
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18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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