March 27, 2012 at 9:15 AM ET
A fake tweet attributed to Will Smith that connected the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin to the flour bombing of Kim Kardashian has gone viral on Twitter.
The alleged tweet says "WE live in America where a girl that threw flour on Kim Kardashian was arrested on site. But the man who KILLED Trayvon Martin is still free."
A screenshot of the tweet has also circulated attributing it to the account of @RealWillSmith and including a picture of the actor. The account @RealWillSmith actually belongs to a white man from Nashville, TN.
The real Will Smith does not have a publicly known Twitter and there is no record of him saying the quote. Among the people who have retweeted the fake Smith quote are Spike Lee, Rosie O'Donnell and Omarosa.
This is not the first fake tweet associated with the killing of Trayvon Martin. The @RealFerrelWill twitter account tweeted "R.I.P. Trayvon Martin," they wrote. "For every R-T this tweet gets, $1 will be donated to the #TrayvonMartin Foundation, which helps counteract racism." Hundreds of people retweeted the offer, including Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari, before they realized it was a fake.
Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, on February 26. Zimmerman reported to police that Martin looked suspicious. Police advised him to stay back but he approached Martin. A confrontation ensued and Zimmerman shot Martin. The teen was unarmed and simply returning from a quick trip to a nearby convenience store.
Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self-defense and though he contradicted police orders to stay back was not charged for murder or even manslaughter under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows a threatened person to use force to defend themselves.
After civil rights leaders called attention to the case, it became a national controversy, with President Obama saying, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."
In the wake of the national attention, Florida officials reopened the investigation into Zimmerman and appointed a new prosecutor. The FBI and federal Justice Department also announced investigations.
Separately, Kim Kardashian was “flour bombed” at an event at the London West Hollywood Hotel where she was promoting her new fragrance, True Reflection.
A woman dumped a bag of flour on Kardashian in the hotel lobby. The woman’s motivation was unclear though it appeared to be a prank. The woman was detained at the scene by West Hollywood police and released. Kardashian has said she is considering pressing charges against her.