On Friday MSNBC’s Karen Finney spoke with MSNBC social critic and political contributor Goldie Taylor about the ongoing George Zimmerman trial, with the focus centering on the actual confrontation between Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. Taylor offered an interesting perspective on Zimmerman’s current, heavier, look.
Are we seeing the same George Zimmerman in court now as Trayvon Martin encountered that night? You know, he is 100 pounds heavier, he is clean-shaven, he no longer is sort of this buff, tanned guy with a goatee that, to me, is simply more imposing. I’m not sure that if I saw this George Zimmerman at night confronting me that I would feel nearly as intimidated as the George Zimmerman we’ve seen in some of these photographs. I wonder if that weight gain has something to do with the stress and pressure of being under house arrest. I wonder if that weight gain has something to do with a concerted effort by the defense to make sure that their client appears as non-imposing, as non-threatening, as possible. You know, those are all of the things in the toolkit that the defense has to work with. And I think we’ve got to see these two men as they saw each other that night.