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‘Racist McShootface’ bids $65 million for George Zimmerman’s gun
McShootface is not the only person trolling Zimmerman.
Then things got weird.
GunBroker.com, the site where Zimmerman first tried to auction the firearm, deleted the post just before it was scheduled to go live on Thursday morning. Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the killing of Martin in 2013, then created a new auction on UnitedGunGroup.com, where it quickly went haywire.
In the online auction, prices began to soar, with the top bidder offering $65 million for the gun. That bidder’s username was reportedly “Racist McShootface.” This was not what Boaty McBoatface was supposed to inspire!
Wasn’t “Racist McShootface” what the Secret Service used to call Dick Cheney?
— Studio Moon NY (@Bohemianmoon) May 13, 2016
In the description for the item, Zimmerman write that he is “honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon,” and calls it a “piece of American history.”
UnitedGunGroup.com owner Todd Underwood told the Washington Post on Thursday that, while he does not condone Zimmerman’s sale of the gun, he believes he has the right to sell his personal property.
“I talked to George Zimmerman earlier today and told him that as long as all laws are being followed, he can list the gun on our site,” Underwood said. “I don’t support it, I don’t condone it, I don’t have anything against it. It’s his property, it’s his decision.”
Zimmerman also promises to donate the money to “fight [Black Lives Matter] violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton‘s anti-firearm rhetoric.” Zimmerman’s killing of Martin sparked the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, which would rise to national prominence following the police-involved deaths of other young black Americans in 2014.
via United Gun Group
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Racist McShootface account has been deleted. As the time of publication, the current top bidder is Craig Bryant, who bid approximately the same amount as Racist McShootface. The site also lists his bid as happening at 3:19 CT, which hasn’t happened yet.
The bids certainly seem like a troll move, but that’s still a lot of money that could potentially go into George Zimmerman’s hands. The bidding ends in four days.
Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'