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Geraldo Offers World Class Notpology

It baffles me that people actually watch, and Fox News still airs, a show by Geraldo Rivera. And I’m sure you know by now that he said a startlingly idiotic thing when he said that Trayvon Martin died because he was wearing a hoodie. Well now he’s offered one of the most blatant notpologies ever:

“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,’” Rivera said in an email to POLITICO Tuesday, citing a piece in the National Review penned by Thomas Sowell.

Rivera said that “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,” and that he was offering a “sincere and heartfelt apology” to anyone he may have offended in his “crusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies.”

Well of course. What could be more “heartfelt” than apologizing to “anyone offended” by his absolutely accurate statement, which he still stands behind and thinks is important to restate? Funny, I’ve been on college campuses and seen half the white kids on campus wearing hoodies; I’ve never heard anyone suggest that they’re dressing in “gangsta style clothing.”

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  1. says

    “sincere and heartfelt apology” to anyone he may have offended in his “crusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies.”

    You know Geraldo knows all about gangstas, given his experience opening Al Capone’s vault. What higher authority could there be?
    Killed By Fish

  2. Nepenthe says

    Well you know who wears a trademark hoodie? Justin Bieber. And when I think “threatening thug” I think Justin Bieber.

  3. _Arthur says

    I heard that in America it’s open season on anyone wearing a hat or a hoodie, with total immunity for the murderers.

    Can anyone confirm ?

  4. says

    So, what we learn from the wingnuts:

    1. Men are all sexual predators who can’t restrain themselves or be held responsible for their actions if a woman doesn’t wear proper clothing. She was asking for it.
    2. Good ol’ white folk are on a hair trigger, and shouldn’t be held responsible if they shoot a black person who doesn’t wear proper clothing. He was asking for it.

    I’m beginning to suspect I could end up as item #3 on that list if I went out wearing a T-shirt with a red A on it.

  5. Michael Heath says

    Geraldo Rivera:

    “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,’” Rivera said in an email to POLITICO Tuesday, citing a piece in the National Review penned by Thomas Sowell.

    It’s dishonest of Mr. Givera to insinuate that his position is representative of American blacks while citing the opinion of Thomas Sowell. Mr. Sowell is an outlier among black Americans; he distinguishes himself by arguing positions similar to equivalent of those taken by racists, e.g., Rush Limbaugh.

    Mr. Sowell is an illustrative example of someone whose capabilities weren’t sufficient to earn his way to his present station. So he instead has long allowed himself to be exploited by racists. Sowell does this by taking their positions so those racists can make fallacy of balance arguments. All in order to promote racist policies which they falsely deny are either racist or their promotion and their rhetoric makes them racist. E.g., “See T. Sowell? He AGREES!”.

  6. Ellie says

    Was Geraldo ever a serious journalist? I can’t remember.

    BTW, I wore a hoodie today, as I do most days that it isn’t cold enough for a warm coat but I need more than a sweater. Of course, I guess, being an old white woman, I’m allowed.

  7. daved says

    I can see it now — the new fashion statement among the nation’s gangster youths will be suits and ties. The white college kids will still be in their hoodies, and we’ll all be advised of the dangers of wearing suits and ties. Members of corporate boards of directors will be shot by fearful citizens. (OK, that last part isn’t entirely bad.)

  8. godlesspanther says

    So I should be concerned about passing Geraldo Rivera’s dress code?

    I thought that I didn’t have to worry about a dress code after high school. Over 30 years ago for me.

  9. jba55 says

    Huh. I often wear a hoodie and even a *gasp!* baseball cap and I’m one of the least gangsta people around. But I’m also white, so I doubt this …argument? Talking point? Hm, I think I’ll go with oral-corpo-discharge. Whatever it is, I’m guessing it doesn’t apply to me.

  10. Chiroptera says

    That was a pretty big WTF? moment when I first heard that.

    I mean, is there a kid that age who doesn’t wear a hoodie?

  11. Brownian says

    Funny, I’ve been on college campuses and seen half the white kids on campus wearing hoodies; I’ve never heard anyone suggest that they’re dressing in “gangsta style clothing.”

    What should I do about all the gangstas running by my house in the early hours of the morning, who can be identified by their professional quality jogging shoes, neoprene jogging pants, water bottles, pedometers, armband mp3 players, and hoodies? Should I shoot them one by one, or wait until they gather for one of those ‘gangbangs’ they refer to as ‘half-marathons’?

  12. Brownian says

    I mean, is there a kid that age who doesn’t wear a hoodie?

    I have at least four, all logoed company schwag given to me by people who clearly want me dead, and I’m old enough to remember when Geraldo used to get hit in the face with chairs by racists, rather than siding with them.

  13. axilet says

    Yeah, and similarly it would be very “practical and life-saving” for women to walk around all day long in ankle-length skirts and bonnets like Ye Olde Puritans in order to deter potential rapists. Only, you know, not.

    Does this guy honestly not see the problem inherent in victim-blaming?

  14. Who Knows? says

    Now, if there were only sufficient outrage over his notpology to force the dumbass to make a real one.

  15. Azkyroth says

    Mr. Sowell is an outlier among black Americans; he distinguishes himself by arguing positions similar to equivalent of those taken by racists, e.g., Rush Limbaugh.

    Sounds like “Uncle” would be more appropriate than “Mr.”

  16. Azkyroth says

    I may consider buying a hoodie. Except that they aren’t water-resistant and I’m already pretty well insulated.

  17. doktorzoom says

    As someone on Wonkette said, Sure, the hoodie is why Martin was shot.

    Just like yarmulkes caused the Holocaust.

  18. Reverend PJ says

    I’m a college professor, and frequently wear a hoodie. Of course I’m also over 6″, have a beard, never wear a tie, and have visible piercings. Clearly as a middle-aged white professor I’m sporting a gansta look and should expect to be shot.

  19. says

    Oh, yeah, on my short list earlier, I forgot something: If a male kid dresses in an insufficiently “manly” way, it’s his fault if bullies beat him up over it. He was asking for it by dressing “gay.”

    The Republican criminal law policy: People don’t commit crimes, clothes do.

  20. flyv65 says

    “As someone on Wonkette said, Sure, the hoodie is why Martin was shot.

    Just like yarmulkes caused the Holocaust.”

    QFT

  21. chigau (一番) says

    I’ve been wearing “hoodies” since they were called “kangaroo jackets”.

  22. vmanis1 says

    Saying that wearing a hoodie contributed to Trayvon Martin’s shooting is like saying that a person would be justified in shooting Mr Riviera because of his exceptionally-silly mustache.

  23. slc1 says

    As I mentioned on a thread the other day, Mr. Rivers’ career was headed for the toilet until the OJ Simpson brouhaha. He got a show on MSNBC because of the fact that he has a law degree and actually practiced for a few years, which resurrected his career. Night after night, one heard commentary on the day’s events in the courtroom by various lawyers, none of whom, with the exception of Jerry Spence, were actually watching the trial but, instead, were opining based on sound bites.

    Mr. Rivers should get down on his knees every day and thank the hapless Simpson for inadvertently giving him a second chance on TV.

    Where Mr. Rivers be today if Simpson had caught a 10:00 PM flight to Chicago instead of an 11:45 PM flight?

  24. says

    …Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to wear hoodies…

    vmanis1 “Saying that wearing a hoodie contributed to Trayvon Martin’s shooting is like saying that a person would be justified in shooting Mr Riviera because of his exceptionally-silly mustache.”
    That’s just ridiculous. A more apt analogy would be people mistaking him for a 1970s porn star and shooting him pens to sign their copies of Disco Gangbang 4.

  25. Stacey C. says

    I wear a hoodie almost every day. But then again I’m white (and female to boot!) so that makes it okay. I’m also 33 and a white collar worker.

    I’m still reeling from the racism over The Hunger Games. I mean for pity’s sake…when the casting of a beautiful young black girl is considered the ruination of a movie…how the hell are we ever going to get over racism?

  26. says

    and that he was offering a “sincere and heartfelt apology” to anyone he may have offended in his “crusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies.”

    Comprehension of the word “inherent” fail. Call me when hoodies eat the people wearing them, Geraldo.

  27. says

    So, was Sowell being sarcastic? Normally I’d think it impossible that anyone could say those words and be serious, but this is Thomas Sowell we’re talking about. I’m pretty sure he’d stab his mother if it increased his cred with the conservative movement.

  28. abear says

    If hoody wearing is scary enough to get someone shot one would think the Pope would have gotten a stake through his heart a long time ago with those creepy looking hats he wears.

  29. dan4 says

    What a weird “apology.” I’m wondering if Geraldo didn’t feel like apologizing at all, and the entire thing was actually meant as sarcasm.

  30. says

    @Ellie:

    Was Geraldo ever a serious journalist? I can’t remember.

    When I was a kid in New York he was an investigative reporter for one of the local network stations, I think WABC. He was a serious journalist and garnered much attention for exposing conditions in longterm psychiatric and disability facilities, and his serious work was probably a contributing factor in the move toward deinstitutionalization.

    He was also the first “long hair” reporter (I kid you not) and that made him fashionable with younger viewers–rebel reporter kind of thing. But he became more of a celebrity and a showboater. His reputation eroded as he did more sensationalistic stuff on the network before finally destroying it all with his talk show, becoming a full-time clown. What was left after that but Fox?

  31. dingojack says

    Further to _Arthur’s post (#4)-

    Would it be OK in America to shoot an old white guy in a hat, driving a shit-brown late 80′s Volvo at a leisurely 30mph in the middle of the road?
    That’s fairly scary! ;)

    What about an insecure white guy who is stalking you with gun? Or anyone at all who is (or might be) carrying some kind of weapon? I can see a huge population crash in (some parts of) America’s future. :/

    Dingo

  32. alysonmiers says

    THE STUPID. IT BURNS!

    Why does this asshat still have a media presence?

    Yeah, I’m sure Geraldo managed to dig up “one” very prominent black conservative who was happy to talk about kids these days, wearing their hoodies like they get to choose how to dress, or something.

    Why, in my day, kids put on their gingham shirts and suspenders, and they liked it, dagnabbit.

  33. Brownian says

    I didn’t know much about Geraldo’s background prior to his talk show. Thanks, Dr X.

  34. Brownian says

    He was also the first “long hair” reporter (I kid you not) and that made him fashionable with younger viewers–rebel reporter kind of thing.

    Wait, he dressed his generation’s version of gangsta?

  35. says

    Saying that wearing a hoodie contributed to Trayvon Martin’s shooting is like saying that a person would be justified in shooting Mr Riviera because of his exceptionally-silly mustache.

    Well, yeah…you know who else had that kind of silly mustache? Saddam Hussein. True story.

    (Also, has anyone else noticed how that sort of mustache went waaay out of style after Saddam was overthrown?)

    [Rivera] was a serious journalist and garnered much attention for exposing conditions in longterm psychiatric and disability facilities, and his serious work was probably a contributing factor in the move toward deinstitutionalization.

    Do any of his current or recent employers ever brag about his past accomplishments? Or has he become like Mutt Romney, forced to run away from his own proudest achievement?

  36. pHred says

    On Fridays around here hoodies appear to be the fashion de rigueur. For the young women the associated gear would be a pair of sweats with the word “Pink” in large letters on the bum. It is not always “Pink” but that is what I seem to see most often, that or the name of this college, which is just weird.

    So that is what sprang into my mind at Geraldo’s “gangsta style” – I am just glad that I wasn’t drinking coffee at the time.

    BTW – I am a female professor and I am not wandering around trying to look at peoples’ butts, but when there is text there in 5 inch letters it is hard to ignore.

    @#6 Bronze Dog – you do realize that to these people if you wandered around with a red A on, that would mean adulterer don’t you ?

    @#25 chigau – You just made me feel terribly old. I had totally forgotten that term and seeing it you made me flashback to the very first one that I ever owned. Wow.

  37. Ellie says

    @37 Thanks for the memories, Dr X. I thought he had been respected at one time, but it had been so long, I forgot.

  38. anandine says

    I’m an old, middle-class, fat, white guy in Southern California. I wear a hoodie for some part of 100+ days a year. I would never turn to Geraldo Rivera for fashion or social advice.

  39. Doug Little says

    Geraldo, the same guy who the US Military kicked out of Iraq for giving away troop positions on national TV. This guy is a serious goose, how is he still on TV? Oh that’s right fucking FOX News employs him.

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