You’ve heard of planking, owling and Tebowing, but the Internet has spawned a controversial new trend: Trayvoning.
A new Facebook page has popped up devoted to the meme where people sprawl out on the ground wearing hoodies while holding a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.
So far, it seems as the though the practice is meant to trivialize (if not outright mock) the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The creators have even altered a picture of President Barack Obama giving the thumbs up to George Zimmerman, Trayvon’s shooter. From pictures that have popped up on the Web, it doesn’t appear as though any Black people are participating in the trend.
Offense over the trend has sparked outrage across color lines. "You ought to be ashamed of yourself for trivializing this young man’s death!!!!! Horrible!" said Facebook user Gwendolyn McCloud. Mandy Rojas questioned the integrity of the page creators. "I have never been more disappointed in [another] human being. Do you have any decency or respect?" she asked.
Naty Tremblay, like many who have reported the page, vowed to see the page taken down, stating, "Have faith your page will be removed from facebook promptly for being so disgustingly racist. We’ll see to that."
This comes just days after it was reported that one retailer was selling gun range targets modeled after Trayvon.
Take a look at some of the celebs who support Trayvon and his family in the slideshow below.
Trayvon Martin targets being sold