George Zimmerman's acquittal on murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin continues to elicit passionate responses from politicians, celebrities and people all over the world.
Take a look at the strong reactions the controversial verdict continues to draw.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper that aired on July 15 and 16, Zimmerman juror B37 said the actions of Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin both led to the teenager's fatal shooting last year, but that Zimmerman didn't actually break the law. Several other jurors have since distanced themselves from juror B37's statements.
Singer Stevie Wonder recently announced that his is boycotting the state of Florida. "I decided that until the 'Stand Your Ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," he told the audience while performing at a concert.
President Obama had this to say shortly after the verdict was announced: "The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son."
Singer Beyonce took a moment to honor Martin during her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee this week. Her concert started about 30 minutes after the Zimmerman verdict began to circulate.
Political satirist, comedian and TV host Stephen Colbert said on his show "The Colbert Report" that the verdict was a "victory for the rule of law, in that Florida apparently no longer has rules or laws."
Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson said, "I can't help but think of what my mama use to say: "If u think u seen it all just keep on living."
Donald Trump reacted by saying that "Zimmerman is no angel but the lack of evidence and the concept of self-defense, especially in Florida law, gave the jury little other choice."
Actor Alec Baldwin, who recently quit Twitter, resurfaced post-verdict: "Florida is a parallel universe. A (expletive) one."
After Rachel Jeantel’s defense of her friend Trayvon Martin’s n-word use in a recent interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, Rush Limbaugh claimed that he should be able to use a variation of the word. On his morning radio broadcast Limbaugh said, "...well I think I can [use the n-word] now. Isn’t that the point? 'Cause it’s not racist?"
Singer and producer P. Diddy tweeted after the verdict: "I am blessed to have 6 beautiful kids. I'm hurt and I'm mad as hell! My heart goes out to the family. He followed him! (Expletive) That!"
Rock musician Ted Negent called Zimmerman’s actions "the purest form of self-defense there is" in reference to the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Grammy-award-winning singer Toni Braxton turned to Twitter to express her sympathy for the Martin family, but also drew criticism with her comments: "Today I am embarrassed to be an American…my heart goes out to the Martin family."
The Rev. Al Sharpton, an ally of the Martin family, called the verdict an "atrocity" and said, "It is probably one of the worst situations that I have seen."
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the "heartache" of the Trayvon Martin case on July 16 while speaking to an African-American sorority group. "My prayers are with the Martin family and with every family who loves someone who is lost to violence. No mother, no father, should ever have to fear for their child walking down a street in the United States of America."
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