Geraldo Rivera has been the brunt of a lot of jokes and strong criticism over remarks he made last week on the Fox News show Fox & Friends. If you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the gist: Paraphrased, Rivera said that slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin’s hoodie was as much to blame for his death as the shooter, George Zimmerman. He later backed up that statement with a tweet. He also went on a diatribe instructing parents of black & latino kids to keep their kids from wearing hoodies, as everyone knows the type of message they send.
If you want to watch the whole segment yourself, check it out below:
Even if you think that Geraldo meant well with those comments, you can probably see why they caused such a stir. The “hoodie” has been on the lips of everyone from cable news broadcasters to the parents of Trayvon Martin themselves. The concept that this whole thing can be blamed on a hoodie has been fodder for comedians and has prompted some serious expressions in various state legislatures. Today, a U.S. congressman was removed from the House floor for donning a hoodie.
Now, after all of that, some mad genius has altered Geraldo’s Wikipedia page image to display one of the newsman wearing…you guessed it, a hoodie.
His Wikipedia entry has also been edited to include the “hoodie” incident, but it plays it all pretty straight:
On March 23, 2012, Rivera made controversial comments regarding Trayvon Martin’s hoodie and how the hoodie was connected to the shooting death of Martin. Since the comments, of which even Rivera’s son Gabriel was “ashamed” , the barrage of dissent against him on various websites (including Twitter) and even his own radio show has not stopped. Some support has been expressed for him, however.
He apologized for any offense that he caused with the comments. Some, however, have taken the apology as disingenuous, if even as any kind of apology whatsoever . Among those who did not accept the apology was a longtime friend of Rivera, Russell Simmons.
Given his “apology,” you can see why some people haven’t quite accepted it:
I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies…By putting responsibility on what kids wear instead of how people react to them I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager.
Okay, it’s hard to argue that this little WIkipedia gag is anything other than funny. But what do you think about Rivera’s comments? Let us know in our comments below.
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