George Zimmerman celebrated his acquittal in the murder of 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin by going with family and friends to see the critically-acclaimed “Fruitvale Station,” which is the true story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed young black man in Oakland who was shot and killed by BART police.
According to Zimmerman, his family originally suggested going to see Adam Sandler’s “Grown-Ups 2” instead of “Fruitvale Station,” but Zimmeran responded by saying the only thing more agonizing than being on trial for murder would be having to watch “Grown Ups 2,” which got a rotten rating of 7% on Rotten Tomatoes.
“I wanted to see ‘Fruitvale Station’ when it was at Sundance this year, but unfortunately I was not allowed to leave the state of Florida due to my murder charges,” Zimmerman told Hollywood & Swine. “The movie lived up to all the critical praise and had one of the most satisfying endings in a film I’ve seen in a long time.”
The manager of the AMC theater in Florida where Zimmerman watched “Fruitvale Station,” which opened this past weeked, revealed details of the negative impact Zimmerman’s appearance had on other movie goers: Sales of Skittles dropped 82% during Zimmerman time in the theater out of fear the colored fruit candy might set the recently acquitted killer off in another violent incident.
The manager also revealed many of the audience members refused to sit in the same theater and walked out, although it wasn’t even close to the amount of audience members who walked out of a showing of “Grown Ups 2” playing at the same time.