Fox’s Geraldo Rivera: I’m Sorry for Hoodie Comment

David Bauder, Yahoo! News, March 28, 2012

Fox News Channel commentator Geraldo Rivera said Tuesday that he’s sorry for suggesting that a hoodie worn by unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was as much responsible for his death as the neighborhood watch captain who shot him.

Rivera said a conversation with his oldest son on Monday convinced him he was wrong. Rivera said it was the first time 32-year-old Gabriel Rivera had said he was ashamed of something his dad had said—and it caused the dad a sleepless night.


Rivera’s comments last week triggered an angry response among people concerned about the case involving the 17-year-old Martin, who was carrying a bag of candy and a can of iced tea while returning to the Sanford, Fla., home of his father’s fiancée when he was shot last month.


Rivera said he was apologizing “for offending anyone.”

“I apologize for the language,” he said. “I don’t apologize at all for the substance of my advice. I was trying to save lives.”

{snip} Rivera said he wanted urban parents to realize that clothing their children wear—such as hooded T-shirts or low-slung pants—could appear menacing to people who don’t know them and could put them unnecessarily in danger.


“I wanted to provoke a response,” he said. “I never expected it to be a viral avalanche.”


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  • Southern__Hoosier

    Rivera   needs to realize that the flash mobs are just looking for something to get upset about.

    “I wanted to provoke a response,” he said. “I never expected it to be a viral avalanche.”

    My guess the “viral avalanche” was more likely  a few people with a lot of time on their hands.

  • 1proactive2

    Rivera demonstrated too much common sense and this really ticks off the lefties – especially black ones. 

  • Impertinent

    What’s the matter Geraldo? Did the hoodie brigade and Spike Lee publish your home address too? Big bad Jerry Rivers. I’ll remember you crapped on your mustache.

  • I’ve never seen a “hooded T-Shirt” before……But I do agree with his message that if you dress like a gang banger expect to be treated as such.  That’s why I showed up in a business suit for my DMV picture, you would be surprised how many times I have been let off with a warning because of my appearance…..

    • saxonsun

      People dressed like this always inspire fear. I use the NYC subway; when these black kids burst aggressively into the train everyone shrinks in fear, the other blacks most of all. Think they know something?

  • shawnmer

    So this is the 2nd Hispanic that’s been thrown under the bus in the Trayvon melee, the 1st being Zimmerman himself.  Is the unspoken alliance against whitey starting to fray? 

  • I am beginning to think that these media personalities purposely say something controversial every so often and then quickly “apologize” just to keep their name in the spotlight.  Never does any permanent damage.  Like Juan Williams is back at it today with a big trayvon column,  just as if “all is forgiven”:
    Wall Street Journal no less.

  • Geraldo:  Maybe next time remember– nothing upsets people like the truth.

  • Impertinent

    Which kid of his 6 wives? Jerry must be paying millions per year in alimony too… he’s quite a…errrr….player.

  • Impertinent

    Jerry must have been spooked that Spike would publish his home address too? Or maybe Spike and the NBPP gangsters offered a bounty on Jerry?

  • White Might…or might not

    Regarding hoodies and the cultural significance of such “fashion”:

    On local news last week I saw Ohio State’s basketball coach being interviewed in a locker room.  Behind him was a player’s open locker in which hung an orange jacket inscribed with “Federal Prison” on the back.

    Now, how “cool” is that?

  • JJ

    Don’t worry Geraldo.  Nobody cares what you say, anyway.

    We’ve reached the point in the “American news cycle” where the story is no longer the STORY.  Now the STORY is what other people say about the story, how they say it and how they walk it back when they inevitably screw it up.

    This is a convenient way to avoid dealing with those INconvenient facts that are now popping up . . . like the dead black guy was a wannabe hoodlum and the guy that killed him had all sorts of dealings with other blacks . . . and that the dead kid was pounding his head into the pavement when he shot him.

    Much better to report on what a sensitive father Geraldo is.

  • DelmarJackson

    Hoodies are not the problem. It was the Skittles.

     all kidding aside,nobody knows the facts yet. Too many people are using the incident to stoke racial hatred on all sides. there is good and bad in everybody and all groups.
     Whites need to know how blacks feel they are being racilaly profiled and treated as they are guilty because of the color of their skin. Blacks need to know they share some responsibility,and  there are no communities of color that have crime watches to protect them from white youths and white gangs victimizing their communities.
     We need to figure out how to get along. neither one of us is going anywhere.Since we don’t have hate speech laws YET in America, we still have a chance to communicate.

     To paraphrase Chris Rock. I LOVE hoodies. I just can’t stand HOODS.

    • blindsticks

      and  there are no communities of color that have crime watches to protect them from white youths and white gangs victimizing their communities.

      You’re kidding right?

  • ageofknowledge

    That Geraldo is always finding himself on the wrong side of a chair so-to-speak. I suppose it goes along with the job.

  • Impertinent

    Is that why they always call women “b!tches” due to the litters they have?