Robert Zimmerman is lashing out against media mogul Oprah Winfrey for statements made during an interview with Anderson Cooper
Winfrey and Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker discussed their new film “The Butler,” but also expounded on the topic of George Zimmerman’s trial.
Winfrey likened the death of Martin to Civil Rights icon Emmett Till’s murder. Till, a 14-year-old boy, was brutally murdered in 1955 in Mississippi after being accused of whistling at a white women.
“Emmett Till became a symbol for those times as Trayvon Martin has become a symbol for this time,” Winfrey said.
Winfrey said there is a misconception about what actual racism is.
“A lot of people if they think they are not using the “N Word” themselves, they actually physically are not using the “N Word” and do not harbor ill-will towards black people that it’s not racist.
“To me, it’s ridiculous to not look at that case and not to think that race was involved,” she added
Robert Zimmerman is accusing Winfrey of using his brother’s case to promote her film.
“.@Oprah- The way I see it, UR using my bro’s case & other “race” & other “race” claims to shamelessly promote your flop movie,” he wrote.
Winfrey portrays Gloria Gaines and is married to Whitaker’s lead character Cecil Gaines.
“The Butler” opened to favorable reviews and earned a reported $25.01 million in its opening weekend, according to Forbes.com.
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