Fake Will Smith tweet goes viral

By Robert Kirchgassner,

A tweet falsely attributed to Will Smith has become a sensation on Twitter.

The tweet reads:

"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."

The tweet is credited to the account of @RealWillSmith and is includes a picture of the actor. The account’s true owner, however, is a white man from Nashville, TN.

The actor himself does not have a Twitter account and he never said the quote. However, the false Smith quote has been retweeted by Spike Lee and Rosie O’Donnell, among others.

This is not the first false tweet relating to the Trayvon Martin case. The @RealFerrelWill account offered a $1 donation for every retweet to the Trayvon Martin Foundation to fight racism. Hundreds retweeted the offer but later learned that the offer was fake.

Trayvon Martin was only 17 when he was shot and killed on Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida. Martin was unarmed and returning from a local store.

Zimmerman claims he used self-defense, but many have urged the Sanford police to arrest him.

Kim Kardashian was recently hit with a bag of flour by a woman at the London West Hollywood Hotel, where she was promoting her new fragrance True Reflection.

The woman was identified as animal rights activist Christina Cho. Cho reportedly yelled, “Fur hag!” before dumping the flour on Kardashian.

She was apprehended and later released. Kardashian is planning to file charges against her.



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