Shortly after the verdict was announced by the court, tweets about the case shot to more than 47,800 TPM (tweets per minute) according to the ABC News Social Desk.
In fact, tweets about the verdict surpassed the number of tweets about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012.
Some celebrities tweeted — then un-tweeted their outrage. Alec Baldwin, who recently quit twitter, took aim at the Sunshine state: “Florida is a parallel universe. A (explicative) up one.” That tweet has since been deleted.
New York Giants Victor Cruz sent one of the most controversial tweets of the night: “Zimmerman doesn’t last a year til the hood catches up to him.” That tweet was later deleted, too.
Others urged restraint. Def Jam legend Russell Simons took a proactive approach to try and stem predicted violence:
I know many people are very upset about the verdict, but we must remain peaceful. No matter what, remain peaceful.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) July 14, 2013
Others voiced sadness…
— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 14, 2013
My heart is with trayvon martins family tonight,so my focus on them. No one else really matters
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) July 14, 2013
My heart hurts
— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 14, 2013
And others outrage:
If u really believe racism isnt a massive problem, that the oppression of minorities is not a horrific and systemic issue. U R in denial.
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) July 14, 2013
How do I explain this to my young boys????
— THREE (@DwyaneWade) July 14, 2013
No. My heart is with Sybrina Fulton, Rachel Jeantel, everyone who loved Trayvon and has been sent the message that his life didn’t matter.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 14, 2013
And our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy. #GodBlessAmerica
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) July 14, 2013
I feel sick. #RipTrayvonMartin
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) July 14, 2013