Over the weekend, the post and the story went viral, spurring comments and "public shaming" of the three people in the photo, identified as former Island resident Greg Cimeno, 22; Caitlin Cimeno of Oak Bluffs, who posted the images on her Facebook page; and William Filene, 25, of Florida.
Described as "by far the most politically incorrect and funniest costume of the year" by Greg Cimeno in a Facebook comment that concluded "F--- yeah," the image causing the most outrage shows Caitlin Cimeno flanked by the two men, one in blackface with an hoodie sweatshirt bearing a bloody splash on the front and the other in a "Neighborhood Watch" shirt, aiming his fingers gun-style at the other man's head. All three are smiling.
"I find it truly disturbing, and if you look on Twitter, I am not alone," wrote one Patch user in an email to editor Louisa Hufstader. "What a sad representation of the beautiful island."
More responses to the images from around the internet:
- "Meet The Florida Men Who Got Dressed Up As George Zimmerman And Trayvon Martin" on The Smoking Gun
- "'F**king Hilarious'?: Two Costumes You Won't Likely See on Halloween Night (But There's Always Facebook)" on The Blaze
- "Daily Kos: This is Jim Crow Hate..and should be reported to someone !" on Daily Kos
- "This Man Wore Blackface And Dressed As Trayvon Martin For Halloween" on Buzzfeed.com