Written by Keith Shirey
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Sunday, 5 January 2014

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George Zimmerman just profited from the murder of Trayvon Martin by auctioning his "original" art for over $100,000, but the eBay online auction site decided to ban a progressive artist's attempts to raise money for the Trayvon Martin Foundation, branding his painting as "hateful and "discriminatory." That makes it in violation of the site's "offensive materials" policy.

Zimmerman's painting depicting the American flag in dark blue hues and the words, "God, One Nation, with Liberty and Justice for All" embedded on top of the painting of the flag was listed on the e-bay auction site and garnered a winning bid of $100,099.00 when the auction closed this past Saturday.

At the same time, progressive artist Michael D'Antuono decided to combat Zimmerman's profiteering by placing his provocative painting on the famous auction site.

"A Tale of Two Hoodies" went up for auction and half of the proceeds were donated to the Trayvon Martin Foundation established by the Martin family. As of Saturday, his auction had reached the $25,000 mark when it was deemed "hateful and discriminatory" and removed from the auction site.

Completed just after the murder of Trayvon, "A Tale of Two Hoodies" is a commentary about the initial handling of the case by police. "The painting was meant to question if racial prejudice plays a role in law enforcement," said D'Antuono.

At a press conference yesterday, the auction site president and CEO faced angry reporters who peppered him with hostile questions.

AP reporter Janet Hege posed the first question.

"You say you removed D'Antuono's painting because it was 'in violation of your 'offensive material policy.' Yet you offer triple-x porn movies where women are humiliated and degraded by sadistic men. They are shown in chains, whipped with black and blue marks on their breasts.

"That doesn't offend you?"

He responded that he didn't know that such content was available and that "I'll sure look into that."

But Ms. Hedge persisted.

"You do allow the most tasteless attacks on human dignity in auctions related to necrophilia and devil worship, right?"

Dripping with contempt the AP reporter sat down.

He didn't respond but pointed to another reporter.

"As a matter of fact, you censor materials which lampoon fellow corporations don't you - you don't allow social commentary that doesn't please you," said the newsman.

"I don't know what you mean"

"You've removed political buttons and posters critical of Enron, Bank of America and Wall Street in general, haven't you?"

"I don't know, I just don't know," stated the bewildered besieged executive who abruptly exited the conference room.

Whether "A Tale of Two Hoodies" will be reinstated on the auction website time will tell. Perhaps the embarrassed CEO millionaire will make amends by making a substantial donation to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

But that probably won't satisfy AP reporter Hedge who shouted as he left the microphone, "Resign you ignorant fool!"

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