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:
Robert Zimmerman JR (@rzimmermanjr) January 22, 2014
But Team Zimmerman has already received private offers on the piece before releasing sale details to the public.
RE:"Angie"-We've received pvt offers via social media b4 planned release of sale details. Considering all options, incl. affordable prints.—
Robert Zimmerman JR (@rzimmermanjr) January 23, 2014
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 That lawyer has responded, and though she no longer represents Mr.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:
No worries AP, I'll just take whatever U sue me for off your tab when I'm done suing you :-) Or… I could put out how much U offered me 2..—
George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) January 24, 2014
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.