In his quest to remain relevant against all evidence to the contrary, George Zimmerman has announced plans to battle DMX, onetime king of hardcore rap turned recovering drug addict. Instead of battling beats and rhymes; they’ll be battling each other. With their fists. As in a “celebrity” boxing match. For “charity”.

Welcome to the world of 21st Century gladiators, where virtually any spectacle is acceptable as long as it rakes in big crowds and bigger bucks – the bloodier, the more outrageous, the more offensive, the better.

In one corner, you’ve got Zimmerman, who says that even before “the incident” – that would be that time he killed Trayvon Martin two years ago – he’d been doing “boxing-type training for weight loss” and is therefore really ready to lace up his gloves. And in the other corner, you’ve got DMX, whose most memorable work of late was performing an impromptu Christmas rap for Rudolph.

Actually, the Rudolph rap, performed during a radio appearance, was all kinds of awesome. The purported celebrity boxing match, on the other hand, is just plain awful.

Zimmerman killed someone. Regardless of where you may fall on the justified/not justified spectrum, there’s no getting around the fact that he pulled the trigger, and because of that, someone died. An unarmed 17-year-old will never go to college, grow into manhood, nurture a career, raise a family.

That’s not something that you celebrate. Killing a kid – and escaping conviction for it – shouldn’t be part of anyone’s get-rich-quick scheme.

And from the start, rather than showing any kind of remorse, Zimmerman has used his notoriety to make a buck, from raising $200,000 on his website to pay for his defense/living expenses to selling his paintings for six figures on Ebay. (One art critic dubbed his work “murderabilia.”) Granted, it’s got to be hard for Zimmerman to hold down a regular job these days, what with his high-profile arrest for domestic violence (charges were later dropped). But Zimmerman’s boxing match is the equivalent of throwing a rave on Trayvon’s grave.

Surprisingly, ever since Zimmerman agreed to fight for promoter Damon Feldman’s Celebrity Boxing, a number of “celebrities” from Chyna to Linsdey Lohan’s dad to The Game, have tossed their chapeaus into the ring, eager to go a few rounds with the one-time security guard. Guess they all subscribe to the any-publicity-is good-publicity philosophy – this is, after all, catnip for the TMZ set. Over 15,000 people reportedly emailed their requests to take on Zimmerman, but DMX was ultimately selected. Why was he chosen? “He’s a controversial guy,” Feldman said in an interview.

As for DMX, what is he thinking? To hear him tell it, it’s revenge, for “any black person who’s been done wrong in the system”. He’s announced, enthusiastically, that he’s “going to beat the living f**k out him … I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him right up.” Clearly, there are a lot more productive ways to fight the system without actually resorting to … fighting.

Of course, this might be a whole lot of sturm und drang over nothing. DMX, whose bankruptcy petition was rejected by a New York judge last year – he owes $1.3m in child support – has started back pedaling a bit, pointing out that he hasn’t signed anything as of yet, and before he steps into the ring, he wants to talk money first.


  1. George Zimmerman should not be celebrated. And, as a lowlife, scumbag killer, he’s infamous, not famous. Damn DMX, what are you thinking? What the hell is anyone involved in this thinking?

    Don’t answer. I don’t want to know.

  2. Disgraceful that this is even taking place, imagine he is being placed in “celebrity status” after killing an innocent young man!

  3. Disgusting & disgraceful!!!

    They are making a MOCKERY of Trayvon’s death! He is making a MOCKERY of Black people on a whole. He is NOT a celebrity. He should NOT be making a penny MORE money off of this. He made enough from the so-called ‘legal fund’ weh is really the money weh did ah mind him!

    And think about it, DMX is a damn crackhead! What if him lose? Then Zimmeman has symbolically BEATEN Black people ONCE AGAIN!!!

    And how is it that him can fight now? If him can fight so much, why him coldn’t fight Trayvon then???

  4. This man should not be in the news, rather, he should be in an obituary. It’s funny how they reject ‘the game’ offer to fight him and chose instead an aging crack addict. The White House petition requires 100.000 signatures as well as the petition to stop this fight. This piece of filth should not be able to profit off murdering a child.

  5. more than shameful u killed someone and u r now a celebrity…. the only reason i wud want dmx to fight him is but really unleash on him.. just go get druged up n beat d f**k out of him

  6. First of all dmx haven’t agreed to anything. He said he would love to beat the life out of George which we all have said.. Other legit news outlet has reported the same thing that DMx has not agreed to anything.. George picked dmx and they are currently waiting for a reply.. The petition is to stop george and the promotor before it gets any further.. The game Neva said he would do it he said that he would love to beat his a**.. It’s just a quote.. Doesn’t mean he would actually do it.. TMZ ask a lot of stars wen they see them on the st would they beat George and all of them said yes, no where wore they talking about this ridiculous match…

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