Spike Lee Apologizes To Couple For Re-Tweeting Wrong Address
SANFORD (CBSMiami) – Film director Spike Lee has tweeted an apology to a Sanford couple who hasn’t been able to return to their home after he re-tweeted their address as that of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin.
In his retweet to his 240,000 followers, Lee passed along the address of Elaine and David McClain. Since the tweet, the McClains said they’ve received death threats and hate mail. In his apology, Lee asked everyone to leave the McClains alone.
“We definitely accept the apology. We just don’t want this to happen to anybody else. The social media has no accountability to anybody. They can put anything on there and they don’t care. They don’t care how it affects other people’s lives,” said Elaine McClain.
Elaine’s son from a previous marriage goes by the name “William” George Zimmerman.
Lee could be in trouble for his re-tweet for violating Twitter’s content boundaries because he published someone else’s private information, the McClain’s address, without their permission.