Geraldo: “Hoodie got Trayvon Martin into trouble, bras are just as dangerous for women”
By Douglas Timothy
NEW YORK — Fox News Channel broadcaster Geraldo Rivera has found himself caught up in controversy after commenting on the death of Trayvon Martin, the teenager who died during an altercation with neighborhood watch member Andrew Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.
Speaking about the shooting on Fox and Friends, Geraldo placed much of the blame on the hoodie the teenager was wearing, saying: “I am urging the parents of Black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
Even after outrage at the analysis, Geraldo doubled-down, saying that cops frequently think, “Who else wears hoodies? Everybody that ever stuck up a convenience store, D.B. Cooper, the guy that hijacked a plane, Ted Kaczynski, the Unibomber…’”
Critics didn’t even have time to respond before Rivera set his sights on a new target: women.
Speaking at a roundtable event for journalists in Washington, D.C., Geraldo applied the same logic to women’s undergarments, specifically bras. Echoing one of his tweets on the hoodie scandal, he said:
“Critics of my hoodie comments think they’re mad at me, but they’re really mad at the undeniably unfair reality of young male Black/Brown life. The same goes for bras. They’re like hoodies for breasts. You can almost always see them, particularly when they’re matched with white t-shirts. When women are assaulted, what are they usually wearing? Bras. Women, do not go out of the house wearing bras!”
The comment sparked a fierce discussion amongst his fellow panelists, as Rivera was peppered with questions for the duration of the event. Asked what women would wear in an ideal world, Geraldo opted for a female jock strap of sorts, hardened plastic cones that would not allow males to clearly make out the contours and qualities of breasts while still providing much-needed support for the wearer.
“Hoodies cloud our judgment and make us think things that might not necessarily be true,” said Rivera. “You can’t change that. Likewise, perfectly rounded breasts and cleavage cloud our judgment and make us think things that aren’t necessarily true. If that isn’t the truth, then my name isn’t Geraldo Rivera!”
Representatives from Fox News declined to comment on this story, saying only that the issue would be addressed during a special segment of The O’Reilly Factor.