Did OneRepublic call for arrest of George Zimmerman?


On March 26, the above post appeared on OneRepublic’s twitter feed. Trayvon Martin was 17 years old, not 14, but the reference was perfectly clear.

We thought it noteworthy. As far as we know, OneRepublic seldom espouses political views, and the band’s hometown — Colorado Springs — is hardly a hotbed of left-wing activism.

Moreover, whoever posted that tweet seemed misinformed as to the basic facts of the case.

We posted about the tweet this morning at 8:58 am ET, and preserved it for posterity.

At some point today, the above tweet was removed from OneRepublic’s Twitter timeline. As of 7 pm ET March 28, this is what comes up where the Tweet used to be:

On March 26, OneRepublic stated that its Twitter account had been hacked:

So some have speculated that the hacker posted the Arrest Zimmerman tweet.

However, if that is the case, it seems odd that OneRepublic would wait two days to remove the tweet.

If we solve the mystery, we’ll let you know.

Update: the Arrest Zimmerman tweet appeared on March 26 at 4:43 pm UTC. The “we were hacked” tweet appeared 16 minutes earlier — at 4:27 pm UTC.  If OneRepublic secured its account upon learning that it was hacked, the hacker could not have been responsible for the Arrest Zimmerman tweet.

Hey guys: It’s too late to apologize.


Note: this post was originally posted at 8:58 am ET. We updated the timestamp after revising the post substantially in light of new developments.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66OXLJMEGWLNKCQAC5NAFVFG4Y JasonW

    They’re saying the account was hacked. Can someone confirm?

    • Jesse Malkin

      their account apparently was hacked but it is still not clear who posted the Arrest George Zimmerman tweet. We’ll update you if we find out.

      • Jesse Malkin

        The timing of the posts strongly suggests that the hacker did not post the Arrest Zimmerman post; see update above.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J5RFNNTUAECK6D5HUIALPWUORI Bruce

    It’s still on their website.

    • Jesse Malkin

      where? URL please.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DZXU2GH6KCHHBUFQKPCGZVYQXA Hello

    The account was hacked. The band apologized and Tweet has been deleted. 

    • Jesse Malkin

      Where did they apologize? Who posted the Tweet before it was deleted?

  • marine37

    Oh yeah, when the left heard that last name Zimmerman, they thought they had them a white man.  When they found out he was Hispanic, they tried,”white Hispanic.”  That didn’t work but that’s ok they will still act like rabid dogs. 

  • Pat Riot

    Ah yes, the old Anthony Weiner defense.