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Tuesday
Apr032012

Tyler Perry Says He Is a Recent Victim of Racial Profiling

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Tyler Perry says he was unjustly interrogated by Atlanta police recently in what he believes to be a case of racial profiling.

In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, Perry recalls making an illegal turn after leaving his studio to ensure that he was not being followed. He says he was pulled over by two cops, one of whom asked him why he thought someone might be following him.

Perry writes that before he could reply, he heard the second officer banging on a passenger window because it was tinted. The second officer allegedly asked him, “Why do you think someone is following you? What is wrong with you?”

Perry says the cops continued to harass him until a third officer, who, like the actor/director, is black, pulled over to the scene. Perry continues, "He took one look at me and had that 'Oh No' look on his face. He immediately took both officers to the back of my car and spoke to them in a hushed tone. After that, one of the officers stayed near his car while one came back, very apologetic."

Presumably, Perry is suggesting that the third officer recognized him and explained who he is to the other two cops.

Perry points to two other cases that he believes involved racial profiling, including the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. He concludes his essay in part by writing, "RACIAL PROFILING SHOULD BE A HATE CRIME INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI!!!"

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Thursday
Mar292012

Spike Lee Apologizes for Tweeting Couple’s Address

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Spike Lee apologized to an elderly Florida couple after he tweeted their address and said it belonged to George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26.

“I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain’s In Peace. Justice In Court,” Lee tweeted to his 250,000 followers.

David McClain, 72, and his wife Elaine McClain, 70, have been living in a motel since Lee tweeted their address. They said they’re thankful Lee apologized on Twitter, but they’re not yet comfortable returning home.

“How do you know the ones who are extremists have seen it? Maybe they haven’t looked again on Twitter,” Elaine McClain said.

The Florida woman said she doesn’t know when, if ever, she and her husband will be ready to return home.

“There’s a bounty out. To be there at nighttime at all, we’d be afraid to walk past the window,” she said. “I don’t even like to go back for five minutes. We grab our clothes and get out of there.”

The New Black Panther Party is offering a $10,000 bounty for capture of Zimmerman.

McClain said her son’s middle name is George and his last name is Zimmerman, but he hadn’t lived at the residence since 1995.

The tweet originated from an account with the twitter handle @MACCAPONE, The Smoking Gun reported.  The account, which is the handle for a Los Angeles man named Marcus Higgins, tweeted the address at various celebrities. Lee was the only one to retweet it.

Elaine McClain said the fiasco has taken a toll on her health.

“My blood pressure is just hurting my heart,” she said. “To live in a motel room 15 by 15, it’s not the way you want to live your life."

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Wednesday
Mar282012

‘Neighborhood Watch’ Teaser Pulled from Florida Theaters in Wake of Trayvon Martin Case

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- A teaser trailer and poster for Neighborhood Watch, an upcoming summer comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, have been pulled from Florida theaters in light of the Trayvon Martin case, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The film, scheduled to be released July 27, revolves around a neighborhood watch group attempting to thwart an alien invasion. A poster of the film depicts a neighborhood watch sign featuring the silhouette of an alien. The sign is damaged by what appears to be bullet holes.

In the teaser trailer, which has been included with screenings of Hill’s film 21 Jump Street, Stiller, Vaughn and Hill are seen patrolling a neighborhood inside an SUV. At one point, Hill’s character mimics a shooting motion using his empty hand.

A rep for 20th Century Fox, the studio behind Neighborhood Watch, told The Hollywood Reporter, “We are very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case, but our film is a broad alien invasion comedy and bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida.”

The rep added, “The movie, which is not scheduled for release for several months, was made and these initial marketing materials were released before this incident ever came to light.”

20th Century Fox said it does not plan to change the release date for Neighborhood Watch.

17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida late last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer who has claimed he acted in self-defense.

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Wednesday
Mar282012

Spike Lee Retweets Incorrect Address of Trayvon Martin Shooter

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- An elderly Florida couple has been caught in the crosshairs of the Trayvon Martin shooting case due to an inaccurate retweet by Spike Lee and others.

The director retweeted an address said to belong to George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin dead on Feb. 26, to his 250,000 followers, according to website thesmokinggun.com.  But the address was incorrect and has caused the couple to go into hiding.

David McClain, 72, and his wife Elaine McClain, 70, are now living in a hotel and said they are concerned for their safety.

“We’re afraid for our lives,” Elaine McClain told WKMG-TV in Orlando.

McClain said her son’s middle name is George and his last name is Zimmerman, but he hadn’t lived at the residence since 1995.

Elaine McClain has heart problems, and when contacted by ABC News, said she was not doing well and was heading out to a doctor’s appointment. McClain said she and her husband parked around the corner from their home and were briefly stopping by to grab clothes and other necessities.

The tweet originated from an account with the Twitter handle @MACCAPONE, The Smoking Gun reported.  The account, which is the handle for a Los Angeles man named Marcus Higgins, tweeted the address at various celebrities. Lee was the only one to retweet it.

The director was active on Twitter Wednesday, retweeting negative messages he has received since sharing the McClains’ address.

Elaine McClain said Lee owes her and her husband a “big apology."

Late Wednesday, Lee apologized via Twitter: "I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain's In Peace."

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