Report: Blackface ‘Trayvon’ costume-wearer a felon

From the 'Bad Idea Jeans' archives. (Photo from Facebook via The Smoking Gun)

From the 'Bad Idea Jeans' archives. (Photo from Facebook via The Smoking Gun)

Racism isn’t funny, but idiots keep trying.

The latest proof comes from Florida, where a convicted felon smeared black paint on his face in an attempt to resemble someone without a criminal record, Trayvon Martin.

As most of you know, Martin was killed in a fight with serial-speeder George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in July. Many who disagree with that verdict would agree that going to a Halloween party in blackface to look like someone who was shot to death is a bad idea.

The photo of the insensitive partygoers has been making the rounds on social media, and some have provided “youth” as an excuse for dumb.

I have no problem with young people doing stupid things. I did a few dumb things myself, but people called me on it.

The Smoking Gun website is calling out these people and says the man dressed as Trayvon is not that young, but he is a felon.

“William Filene, 25, dressed up as Martin, covering his face in black paint and donning a gray sweatshirt with a single bullet hole surrounded by fake blood. Filene, who also lives in Cape Coral, was arrested in June for felony auto theft. His rap sheet also included collars for loitering/prowling and failing to register an automobile,” writes The Smoking Gun. “In a plea deal, Filene copped to the auto theft charge during an August hearing in Lee County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 18 months probation, and now has his own page on the Florida Department of Corrections web site.”

The woman in the photo posted it to her Facebook page but pulled it after her friends pointed out the obvious. She is identified as Caitlin Cimeno of Martha’s Vineyard. Her costume, which appears to be that of a porky leprechaun, may enrage the Irish.

The Smoking Gun alleges she has used racial slurs in the past on Facebook:

“In August, Cimeno posted a photo of an African American girl wearing a T-shirt reading ‘Black Girls Rock.’ In her accompanying caption, Cimeno wrote, ‘First of all, sorry Hun but mommy lied to you & secondly if I was wearing a shirt that said something like the truth ‘white girls rock’ I would be stared at and called a racist cracker.’”

The other man in the photo is Greg Cimeno, who may be the brother of Caitlin. He’s also from Cape Coral and only 22, so you might think he should be given a pass. Unfortunately, he tried to defend the alleged hilariousness of the photo when Caitlin’s friends suggested she yank it.

“Not too funny[?] It’s [bleeping] hilarious!!!” he wrote on Facebook before Caitlin deactivated the page.

Sadly, it’s not just rednecks that think racism is funny. Over the weekend, the fashion world celebrated Halloween by dressing up as slaves in chains. Many wore blackface or makeup to make their skin appear darker. FashionBombDaily.com, which I check out frequently for new ideas in Hawaiian shirts, has photos from a ‘Disco Africa’ party that I think occurred in Italy.

And celebs think it is funny too. Actress Julianne Hough, 25, has apologized for wearing blackface to a Halloween party.

If you are an adult racist and feel the need to wear a costume to a party, just wear a sheet like your ancestors and claim you are a ghost.

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111 comments Add your comment

joe

October 28th, 2013
9:24 am

“Stupid is as stupid does”–Forrest Gump
“Lighten up Frances”–Stripes.

xxx

October 28th, 2013
9:29 am

Yet Hollywood studios financed and produced ” White Chicks” and nary a peep was heard.

the man

October 28th, 2013
9:30 am

“Porky leperchaun”. You are making fun of her and her weight. You should apologize for lashing out.

Chuck Allison

October 28th, 2013
9:33 am

You obviously must not agree with our justice system, the police, or the jury. Zimmerman was found “not guilty” in case you missed it.

Fletch

October 28th, 2013
9:34 am

That really sucks. But not sure what really poor taste has to do with having a criminal record.

Mayor Kassim Reed

October 28th, 2013
9:35 am

Work at home spammers in 3,,,,,,2,,,,,,1

Fletch

October 28th, 2013
9:35 am

Poor taste is one thing, but he didn’t break the law so not sure what the deal is – are you just making a statement or is there some actual news to report?

UMissedthePointXXX

October 28th, 2013
9:39 am

xxx I think you are totally off base. If from this you thought that the blackface was the more blaring offense then you are completely wrong. As bad as that is, the part where someone is making fun of a young man who was killed probably supersedes that don’t you think? This is wrong regardless of the circumstances surrounding his death. If the guy had worn the costume without black face would it have not been anymore ignorant and tasteless?

resno2

October 28th, 2013
9:39 am

Still pissed about the verdict, huh George? The fact that this guy is a felon adds what to your opinion piece (this can’t possibly qualify as news), and the that fact that you call the girl porky says a lot about you, tho’. You apparently disagree about the ‘white girls rock’ t-shirt comment, why?. I happen to think she’s right… I guess in your eyes that makes me a racist. Poor choice for a costume? Sure, poor choice for an article? you bet.

Fletch Lives

October 28th, 2013
9:39 am

Agree with Fletch. Where is the news and why is this on the front page? Typical media trying to stir up trouble. Oh, and by the way, Trayvon Martin DID have a criminal record.

SMH

October 28th, 2013
9:39 am

“If you are an adult racist and feel the need to wear a costume to a party, just wear a sheet like your ancestors and claim you are a ghost.”

Racism feeds Racism with comments like this. It’s no wonder ad naseum cries of racism broadcasted via the media are faced with a heightened lack of empathy. Labeling everything racism has watered down the meaning so that no one cares. The irony is that Trayvon is probably the turning point where “racism” has jumped the shark.

George Mathis

October 28th, 2013
9:40 am

Fletch, I think it is bad news that ‘blackface’ seems to be this year’s Halloween fad.

reilly89

October 28th, 2013
9:43 am

I quit reading after the comment you made about the girl being a “porky leprechaun”. What kind of bully, oops, I mean journalist, are you? Just because what they did was in very bad taste, does not give you the right to comment on a woman’s weight.

Bernie31

October 28th, 2013
9:49 am

What an IDIOT!…..But look who is dressed up in Black face….The True FELON! No surprise here!

We know if this one ever dressed like that behind Bars, there will be a Mini Skirt to go along with it!

Because Bubba likes his Fish squirming.

Bernie31

October 28th, 2013
9:52 am

If The Hood Fits….Wear it. – Alan Grayson Congressman (D-fl)

xxx

October 28th, 2013
9:53 am

nary a peep was the point. It should be worng no matter who does it, for any reason. But yes, there were things that made this unacceptable that were much higher on the list than dress.

Roekest

October 28th, 2013
9:55 am

George,

I usually like your blog, but your hypocrisy is all over this one: calling out peoples’ ALLEGED racism, then bashing the girl as “porky”; failing to wag your finger at people like Dave Chappelle who ALWAYS did a white-guy character on his show using the stereotypical white-guy voice; like someone pointed out above, nary a mention of the horrible movie White Chicks where the Wayans Bros. dressed up in white-face. Time to dial the Liberal Rage down a notch, man; it’s only Friday. We’ve got a lot more stupid ahead of us.

Mercededs S.

October 28th, 2013
9:56 am

Who is George Mathis and what gives him the right to express misogynist views as
“news”?

Mikey

October 28th, 2013
9:58 am

I agree that this stunt was very stupid, but unfortunately the author’s inability to reign in his emotions greatly diminished the force of his message. It seemed like the entire point of the article was to poke fun at the people in the photo. For example, why is it relevant that the man wearing black face is a convicted felon? Why point out that the white girl is overweight? The white girl was simply sandwiched between the two offenders, so isn’t she the least culpable? Yet the author spent a fair amount of time blasting her, yet relatively little time on the 22 year old who portrayed Zimmerman. I dunno…this article left me with the impression that the author is angry about a lot more than these three knuckleheads.

MathisIsAHack

October 28th, 2013
10:02 am

Porky, huh. Class act you are Mathis. Hack.

NIMBY

October 28th, 2013
10:03 am

Evidence highly supports that Trayvon Martin was well on his way to surpassing William Filene with the criminal lifestyle as a felon. Practically everything American society does these days is in very poor taste that is highly offensive to others. It’s all fun games until it’s your group that is on the receiving end, and it’s socially and politically correct to allow black to be the only supreme “victims” of racism. The is no respect for anyone these days, not even dead. These are all things that should come as no suprise in an increasingly liberal, socialism based society. Don’t be so shocked you got exactly what you asked for. Freesom to offend and to be offended. No crim commited here…

joeintucker

October 28th, 2013
10:05 am

“What an IDIOT!…..But look who is dressed up in Black face….The True FELON! No surprise here!”

guess he was trying to keep it real Bernie31

Ms. Information

October 28th, 2013
10:11 am

It’s funny until it’s your child that’s dead….karma is real…wait for it.

Thor

October 28th, 2013
10:23 am

One thing’s for sure in this world: There’s never going to be a shortage of dumba$$es like this guy. Not with our terminal narcissism and obsession with our devices, no way. And the problem with narcissists and dumba$$es is that they have no idea they are narcissists and dumba$$es and so will perpetuate themselves indefinitely. Ahhh, the box of Pandora, alive and well for all to see.

Kato

October 28th, 2013
10:25 am

Chuck Allison , did you say the same thing when O. J. Simpson was found not guilty?

Monica

October 28th, 2013
10:25 am

EVERYTHING about this article is INHUMAN! What the hell is wrong with u people? Racism will NEVER die due to it will get passed down from generation to generation. Making fun of a DEAD young man is so disrespectful to his family. Who are we to note he was on his way to becoming a criminal? Are you a physic? Poor taste all the way round. If it had been your child would u feel the same? Everyone in the picture are adults!!! I can’t say anything about the young lady’s costume but I don’t care 4 her comment about the child’s t-shirt. Has she ever seen the show? There where all races on the show not just black girls. They where young ladies making a difference in their communities. I have no ideal what this world is coming too, but it doesn’t look good. Our children are being turned into lil monsters by their own parents. I think we have enough issues going on in the world right now that needs addressed and we don’t need the extras. Can’t we all just do the right thing and get along? If not, think about your kids and their safety..

East Cobb Alpha Dawg

October 28th, 2013
10:26 am

It’s very insensitive and morally wrong. Even when we kill terrorists abroad we don’t satire their deaths.
While Zimmerman was found not guilty, it does not mean that Martin deserved to die.

Anthony Weiner

October 28th, 2013
10:27 am

Don’t bring up the movie White Chicks. That does not fit the agenda. Racism only runs one way.

These three need to wear white sheets B4 they post

October 28th, 2013
10:27 am

resno2
Fletch Lives
NIMBY
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

There should be some law to have three fools like you all to post on a blog. Freedom (learn to spell NIMBY you clown!) of speech is something else as long as you can express yourself in a way that glorifies death and killing children. We wonder why America is one of the most hated countries in the world……….look no further than these three clowns I have called out above! You three use the Freedom of Speech mantra as a way for people to justify poor taste and the killing of children yet when the author of this blog calls the little fat swine out, you all jump on him and degrade him? Amazing how people see things the way to see them and they insure to align what they think is the right thing! How about all three of you (not to mention the others who think like you) find a short pier and take a very long walk!

Equal Justice

October 28th, 2013
10:31 am

“The woman in the photo posted it to her Facebook page but pulled it after her friends pointed out the obvious. She is identified as Caitlin Cimeno of Martha’s Vineyard. Her costume, which appears to be that of a porky leprechaun, may enrage the Irish.”

Why the cheap shot at the woman?

RAD

October 28th, 2013
10:31 am

Don’t you mean ” just wear a sheet like your Democrat ancestors”?

Sgt. Hulka

October 28th, 2013
10:34 am

Lighten up Frances.

seriously

October 28th, 2013
10:35 am

I agree it’s in poor taste but why does this offend you so much? It’s a stupid guy doing a stupid thing. If you really want to be as smart as you pretend to be, you should do like everybody else and ignore this story and all the other idiots in this world. But NOOOO, you get ooooffended. get a life

George Mathis

October 28th, 2013
10:36 am

If I can’t make fun of racists, then the terrorists really have won.

Wells

October 28th, 2013
10:37 am

George you should have calmed down before writing this article. Your anger shows and the points that you are attempting to make are invalid by taking shots at the young lady’s weight.

It’s never funny to make fun of death. EVER! That is why this is disgusting and insensitive.

Reality Check

October 28th, 2013
10:39 am

George Mathis has been thoroughly owned in this comment section. Silly hack.

@ Ms. Information

October 28th, 2013
10:39 am

That karma won’t come our way because we aren’t raising future felons that will become national poster children for Al & Jesse post mortem.

That hypocritical “porky leprechaun” reference just means there is a pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow for the liberal media. They make tons of money with all the page hits this story will get. Stirring the pot means job security and food on the table. Add trolls like Bernie to the mix and it means another day and dollar that the media stays in business.

This keeps folks like Bernie off the streets, but what kind of kickback does he get by adding to the fodder? My guess is his reward is that in his mind he is making a difference.

resno2

October 28th, 2013
10:40 am

These three need… If you’re going to call me out, at least have the decency to provide examples of how I’m using my Freedom of Speech as a way to justify poor taste and the killing of children.

George Mathis

October 28th, 2013
10:41 am

Wells, I think it is disgusting and insensitive to wear blackface to parties too. I thought that was the point of the blog, but I guess people read right over that non-hidden detail.

East Cobb Alpha Dawg

October 28th, 2013
10:44 am

People are disgusting and have no sense of empathy. This goes beyond racism. This is anti-human. This was a tragic event however you look at it and a kid lost his life. What is our society turning to?
Are we going to make fun of sex abuse victims or cancer patients or maybe people that lost their limbs in a car accident? Even a racist that won’t hire a black person or does not want to live with them or doesn’t care for them wouldn’t stoop to this disgusting level. This is beyond traditional racism.

Ron

October 28th, 2013
10:45 am

But it is OK to make a movie (White Chicks) where two black people paint their faces white for the whole movie? Imagine the other way around. Amazing how some people think.

NIMBY

October 28th, 2013
10:47 am

“We wonder why America is one of the most hated countries in the world”

…. Yes, it’s because posters like These three need to wear white sheets B4 they post on October 28th, 2013 @ 10:27 am.

Also, thanks for noticing my secretary’s spelling errors. You’ll be happy to know that am docking her pay thanks to you.

guest

October 28th, 2013
10:48 am

Where is the racism. Does wearing black on your face automatically make you a racist?

George Mathis

October 28th, 2013
10:49 am

White people

October 28th, 2013
10:51 am

White people just don’t get it; they never will.

You’ve heard of ‘white arrogance’? Well, there’s also ‘white ignorance.’ They jacked with the American Indians and stole their land. They enslaved Blacks, and still can’t bear to see anyone other than another White person achieve, live well or anything. They have no respect.

If they would stop teaching racial hatred to their kids, maybe some of the damage they initiated upon this country can begin to heal. Now, many people have racist attitudes, but you have to go back to the source: Whites.

I’d hate to be one of them and have that as part of my heritage.
Have a nice day.

guest

October 28th, 2013
10:53 am

Mathis,

You’re an idiot. By your logic, we should just get rid of the color black or any mention or use of it because obviously it makes the wearer racist. I’ll throw away my black shirts because I don’t want to wear black chest. So should we expect an article from you discussing the parodies on whites, asians, and hispanics, too?

Wells

October 28th, 2013
10:53 am

I agree with you East Cobb Alpha Dawg.

George you made good points within your article but unfortunately by missing the disgusting behavior of these people thinking that the death of a young teen is funny is where you missed the mark.

Trick or Treat

October 28th, 2013
10:54 am

Wow! Now I have a reason not to give candy to little ghosts that come to my door begging on Thursday night. I can just call them racists in training. I will just tell their racist parents that Mr. Mathis at the AJC gave me permission to offend.

George Mathis

October 28th, 2013
10:56 am

Wells, did you read the third paragraph? The end of it? I don’t think I can be accused of ‘missing’ the death of a teen.

Trick or Treat

October 28th, 2013
10:58 am