Rachel Jeantel, the Florida teen who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin in the moments before he was shot and killed, testified for a second day in the George Zimmerman trial.
Zimmerman is facing charges of second degree murder after the fatal confrontation with the 17-year-old in February of 2012.
Jeantel's testimony has come under great scrutiny as the trial has progressed, not just because of the integral role it could play in deciding the case, but also because of the commentary it has spurred from television talking heads, and across the internet. Writing for Russell Simmons' Global Grind, Rachel Samara described Jeantel as "raw, emotional, aggressive and hostile," and made the assumption that the predominantly white jury would not "understand" the teen's demeanor:
They won't understand her, especially not her defensive nature, and this will unfortunately work against her. Even though it shouldn't.
The Smoking Gun combed the teenager's Twitter account for a section of their site called "BUSTER" and highlighted the number of tweets that have been deleted, or in their words, 'sanitized' while also uncovering a few they deemed "embarrassing" or "incriminating".
The scrutiny and attention paid to Jeantel has not gone unnoticed on Twitter. Struggling Olympian Lolo Jones, known mostly for her off-the-field controversies and athletic inconsistency, brought the wrath of many twitter users when she compared Jeantel to the Tyler Perry character "Madea" tweeting:
Rachel Jeantel looked so irritated during the cross-examination that I burned it on DVD and I'm going to sell it as Madea goes to court.
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) June 27, 2013
Twitter users empathizing with the difficulty of Jeantel's situation quickly set Jones' mentions ablaze with tweets voicing their displeasure with her untimely, and unsympathetic tweet.
@lolojones good idea, b/c you sure aren't making any money in sports, you suck.
— Fat Amy (@Awkward_Duck) June 27, 2013
How classless of you to mock a young girl who's experienced trauma your privileged ass will never know @lolojones
— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) June 27, 2013
Support for Rachel Jeantel didn't end with the tweets admonishing Lolo Jones. Check out the slideshow below to see more of the discussion around the young woman who may prove to be this case's most important witness.
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