Wesley Snipes Makes Shrewd Observation About Social Media In Wake Of Robert Godwin Sr.’s Death

When Steve Stephens uploaded a video to Facebook of him shooting and killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin Senior, an ethical debate about the role social media plays as it pertains to assisting in the broadcasting of crimes arose. While the video of Godwin’s death has since been removed, many still complained about not being able to un-see the horror.

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Beloved actor Wesley Snipes took to Twitter to offer his condolences shortly after learning about 37-year-old Stephens and the carnage he left behind. He also begged his follower to not repost or share the video of Godwin’s death, a father of 10 and grandfather of 14.

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Snipes’ request may have gone unanswered for a few hours, which prompted the 54-year-old to wonder why certain things are tolerated on social media and others aren’t.


While the surviving family has gone on the record to forgive Stephens, a manhunt is still underway. Stephens has been placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List and a $50,000 reward has been issued for his capture. Authorities have expanded the search for Stephens as he reportedly can be anywhere. While he boasted to have killed dozens, no evidence supports that claim.

What are your thoughts on Snipes’ claims? Should social media take some responsibility for the audience it provides for the heinous crimes committed, or is this situation and the several other murders and suicides broadcasted bigger than social media?

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