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Geraldo Rivera: Trayvon Martin’s Hoodie ‘Is Responsible’ For His Death


Geraldo Rivera, the Fox News fool who bops around America pretending he is “out in the field” delving into stories that no one else does (in quite such a spectacularly ignorant way), has decided that there is a very good explanation for why Trayvon Martin was shot by a bored and racist man on a power trip: HIS SWEATSHIRT. HIS SWEATSHIRT WITH THE HOOD. In fact, any young person in America wearing a hoodie should be prepared that he may, at any time, be shot to death, according to Geraldo, because what are you hiding under there? A weapon? The weapon that is your face? The thoughts inside your shrouded brain?

Please, gather ’round for this important theory.

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.

Here is the video:

Yes, why aren’t more inanimate objects blamed for things? Indeed, maybe Zimmerman’s gun shot itself! After all, knives fly out of people’s hands and into other people’s chests all the time.

Just to bring “more” legitimacy to his claim, Geraldo brought his son into the mix. So presumably people want to murder Geraldo’s son, too, and Geraldo is just saying, deal with that, son. Die. Or you could also just take the hoodie off.

When you see a kid walking down the street, particularly a dark skinned kid like my son Cruz who I constantly yelled at when he was going out wearing a damn hoodie or those pants around his ankles. Take that hood off. People look at you and what’s the instant identification? What’s the instant association? Its crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone stick up a 7-Eleven, the kid is wearing a hoodie. Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or get the old lady in the alcove, it’s the kid with a hoodie. You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta — you’re going to be a gangsta wannabe? Well, people are going to perceive you as a menace. That’s what happens. It is an instant reflexive action.

Ah, “instant reflexive actions.” Because those are great, and should never not happen. But Geraldo, whatever happened to, Innocent until proven guilty … of an actual crime that hasn’t happened yet? And never will, shucks, because Trayvon is dead. [Washington Post]

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    1. el_donaldo

      Specifically, Harold Reems called. He'd like the mustache cleaned and sanitized before getting it back too.

      1. Barb

        Where that mustache has been? All over Roger Ailes' ass is where. Dude has a crack bigger than the Liberty Bell and Geraldo tickles his starfish with his mustache and makes him giggle like a schoolgirl.

          1. beavertank

            You just terrible right wing columned that in the complete absence of logic or facts? I think I must be working on an outdated definition of what it means to Chuck Norris something.

            …unless it's sexual? In which case, eww.

    2. Doktor StrangeZoom

      Every time you see a skinhead punch a TV talk show moron in the nose, the TV moron is wearing a pornstache. That’s what happens. It is an instant reflexive action.

    3. spareme

      Ya know, they really should of let him have the Gong show, instead of letting him be a reporter.

    4. nirrti_rachelle

      Apparently, Geraldo has an unlisted number…because the 80s couldn't get their hairstyle back either.

  1. el_donaldo

    I'm going out tonight, so I could use a few points for avoiding trouble. So no hoody. What if I'm dressed like the old dudes at the orgy in Eyes Wide Shut? Would that be a less threatening hoody style?

  2. pickletickle

    Geraldo then announced that he will be embedded with a group of hoodie wearers and give reports from the front line in the hoodie war.

  3. MissTaken

    I was going to wear a skirt today but remembered that would make people perceive me as whore and rape me. That's what happens. It is an instant reflexive action.

    1. Barb

      Do you want to carpool to the Abortionplex? I can't afford the tanning bed this week and I could really use some Betadine for that sun-kissed glow.

      1. MissTaken

        Sweet! And with our fetuses, before they are aborted, we'll qualify for the HOV lane on the way to the Abortionplex. Yay!

        1. Barb

          If we get raped on our way just remember that we are supposed to "lay back and enjoy it" I hear if we mention Clayton Williams we get free Orange Julius at the food court.

    2. Native_of_SL_UT

      I was going to wear a skirt today too. But Mrs SL_UT threw me out of her closet.(again)

    3. SorosBot

      Those poor innocent men, being forced to rape because of those short shirts. Or those pants which reveal the shape of your ass and legs. Or keeping that sexy tempting hair uncovered. Really wearing anything other than a burkha is just asking for it.

      1. Fare la Volpe

        Only sultry eyeball-adorning hussies wear burkahs. Truly modest women wear burlap sacks with an opening at the bottom for their husbands to continue the family line.

        1. MissTaken

          Haha! When I was in Egypt the women who wore Niqabs with just the eyes visible wore the most incredibly beautiful eye makeup imaginable. Proof that us ladies will make whatever we got work.

          I make my burlap sack hawt!

          1. Barb

            I'd never make a very good Amish woman. I'd be entering wet bonnet contests and trying to whoop it up.

          2. Barb

            I'm telling ya, if you were here you'd be outside in the 86 degree weather. Man, I wish I had something to BBQ.

    4. Boojum_Reborn

      Yes, yes, exactly, because of male hormones, and genetics, and penis science. But, you also can't be in the military, because men would want to protect you. And working, well, who will think of the children?

      So, the best thing would just be burqas all around!

    5. BigSkullF*ckingDog

      This is why I only wear garbage bags and the underwear I find on the side of the highway.

  4. Callyson

    Every time you see someone stick up a 7-Eleven, the kid is wearing clothing. Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or get the old lady in the alcove, it’s the kid with clothing. So, if you don't want to get shot, you better not take any chances wearing clothing.
    Seriously–capital WTF? Jesus, it's still morning here and I already want a drink or ten…

      1. James Michael Curley

        I have the feeling a few firemen and police officers were thinking of really creative uses for the 'Jaws of Life".

    1. OneYieldRegular

      No f-ing kidding. If I had kids, I wouldn't let them anywhere near Geraldo Rivera.

      1. PuckStopsHere

        And….the money quote:
        The chief said, “if he rubbed up against somebody, we could be looking at criminal sexual conduct.”

    1. Elmerobinson

      Yes. And assholes with delusions of being cops especially like to kill people with hoodies…..bonus points if their pants are hanging low.

  5. facehead

    " I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was."

    Yeah, and yarmulkes caused the Holocaust.

    1. Doktor StrangeZoom

      I move we close down comments on this thread at this time. Nothing more need be said.

    1. Inchhigh

      There were two lily white 6 year olds wearing hoodies today in art class. I decided to just taser them.

  6. boobookitteh

    When you see a kid walking down the street, particularly a dark skinned kid … what’s the instant identification? What’s the instant association? Its crime…

    Might as well just get rid of all those other words and get to the heart of the issue.

  7. missemish

    Also short skirts get women raped, pink shirts get effeminate men beaten to death. Remember folks, it's never, never the crazy white guy's fault. He was provoked.

    1. SorosBot

      But this guy was part Latino, so he couldn't be racist!

      Really, that's what some of the wingnuts are saying (check out the comments at the Daily Caller article linked below for examples). Just ignore the "fucking coon" on the 911 call and all the other actual evidence.

      1. sullivanst

        I was going to go check out the comments at the Daily Callgirl article, but then I realized I'd rather stab myself repeatedly in the eyes with a pen.

  8. x111e7thst

    So remember kidz when you are going to burn a cross on someones lawn ask your mommy for a sheet to wear, no hoodies!

  9. barto

    Well, his latino sounding name does automagically qualify him as expert on this stuff, duh. Also interesting that his son is so much like his father, you know, with his pants down around his ankles all the time.

  10. Callyson

    “You cannot rehabilitate the hoodie. I understand that the reaction might be overzealous or even irrational in some extent, I mean, when you look at the statistics,” Rivera said. “But you’re not going to rehabilitate the hoodie. Stop wearing it! You know the old Johnny Cash song, ‘Don’t take your gun to town, son. Leave your gun at home.’ There are some things that are almost inevitable. I’m not suggesting Trayvon Martin had any kind of weapon or anything, but he wore an outfit that allowed someone to respond in this irrational, overzealous way and if he had been dressed more appropriately, I think unless it’s raining out or you’re at a track meet, leave the hoody home.”
    Hoodies, guns, same thing…
    Oh, and this "dressed more appropriately" bit? JFC, I hope this asshole Geraldo never ends up on a jury for a rape case…or any other jury for that matter.

    1. bikerlaureate

      …an outfit that allowed someone to respond in this irrational, overzealous way ?

      Holy crap. Maybe we do get the media we deserve.

    2. Fare la Volpe

      I hope he's never allowed out in public. He has tattoos, after all. Someone might react in an irrational, overzealous way if they see them.

    3. Swampgas_Man

      The only outfit that wouldn't allow someone to respond in this "ovezealous" way?
      A bulletproof burqua.

    4. DeathofKoalas

      Or maybe, you know, the other dude should have not taken his ACTUAL mf'ing GUN to town. Like what the song says. Or just stick to using 'gun' as a convoluted metaphor for 'hoodie', whatever.

    5. LemonySnicket

      It WAS raining, Geraldope. And you can’t use “hoodie” as a metaphor for gun in a situation where the unarmed guy in a hoodie was shot by a lunatic carrying a REAL, ACTUAL GUN.

      The stupid burns.

  11. Mumbletypeg

    Even worse than "The Black Panthers told him to do it" horseshit to depict Obama as a tool,
    Geraldo has actually transcended MattBoyle's repugnant blame gaming by asserting that "The Hoodie made him do it" to clear Zimmerman as guileless.

    The only twist in this "Race to the bottom" is, there is no 'bottom.' If it were a reality show it'd be aptly named "Trail of Turds."

  12. Native_of_SL_UT

    Well I'm fucked. I just paid 60 bucks for a Mastadon hoodie that I wear daily. Guess I better go buy me a sweater vest instead.

    1. SpeedoFart

      I've been wearing my Mass Effect N7 hoodie for weeks on end now.

      I guess it's a good thing I never leave my house.

  13. C_R_Eature

    Right, Geraldo. It's the Hoodie that's the problem, not the 300+ years of racial history we have in this country.

    Honestly, I don't know how he dresses himself in the morning.

    EDIT: Oh, and I'm wearing a Hoodie right now. Yougoddaproblemwiddat?

    1. flamingpdog

      I'm wearing a hoodie and drinking a bottle of malt liquor in my cubicle at work!

      OK, the part about the bottle of malt liquor isn' true, but … the boss is out of the office today!

      1. C_R_Eature

        Woohoo Party! I was going to call you a Snob about the Malt Liquor because we have to make do with Mad Dog 'round these parts, but I see you're Dry today. That's a shame!

        We're all going out with our Hoodies on and break into old white folks homes to steal their prescription drugs. Wanna come?

    2. Jimmyone

      I own more hoodies than shirts, does that make me a young.. blah ..criminal? Or just a person who likes hoodies?

  14. SayItWithWookies

    Right now I'm picturing Geraldo and Rush Limbaugh on a little desert island together, sipping Two If By Tea and wondering why the liberal media attack dogs made them look so stupid. They barely have time to notice the meteor…

    1. Gleem McShineys

      I need a new monitor now, because after I looked at that picture, I shot mine.


  15. SorosBot

    I'm trying to snark, but the right-wing's reflexive need to blame the victim here is just making me sick. Fuck, what is wrong with them?

    1. MissTaken

      Sexual Repression?
      Undue Sense of Entitlement?

      Take your pick.

    2. gullywompr

      It's their entire essence, SorosBot. Wingers convince themselves daily that all of their failures are caused by lower persons, i.e. The American Dream is ruined by minorities (and now women also too), and therefore never the winger's fault.

      1. SorosBot

        And we're all supposed to pretend that racism no longer exists, so even when a crazed wanna-be cop kills a teenager for walking while black it still can't possibly be because of race.

        1. Barb

          Romney just issued a statement about this and called it "tragic" Things will get magically better now.

          1. Ruhe

            If he means "tragic" in the classical sense in that this incident will draw pundits and politicians helplessly toward their doom as they can't resist the urge to say something really pompous and stupid about it…then I agree.

    3. flamingpdog

      Let's see – racism, ignorance and stupidity, paranoia, other mental illness, sociopathy, faux Christianity, being raised from little fetuses in Dumbfuckistan. Maybe somebody else can help out.

    4. JustPixelz

      "Blame the Victim"

      Isn't that the official name for that Florida law? Of course, if the victim lives it's a different story so it's legally advantageous for Florida shooters to use plenty of bullets. Big ones, if possible.

  16. missemish

    I feel really sad that he's been teaching his sons that the color of their skin is inherently scary and they must always tread carefully. He's taught them their mere existence is threatening and inferior. It really makes me nearly cry.

  17. Sue4466

    At least he's being consistent on the whole "victim had it coming" thing by applying the same "what was she wearing" logic to this kid's murder.

    It's disgusting in both cases. But yeah, points for consistency.

  18. FakaktaSouth

    YEAH! Cause YOU KNOW who wears things with HOODS esp when it's RAINING like it was? Me. I do, because I straighten my fake blond hair. Christ. I am NOT wearing my hair curly. Geraldo will just have to try to shoot me, but this is Alabama so he better be QUICK – GERALDO RIVERA? What kinda name is that, brown guy? Puerto Rican? We are also a stand your ground state Gerry so you might just stay put.

    1. samsuncle

      Don't you just love living in the warm humid south. It rained so much here that my salt shaker clogged up.

          1. prommie

            I'm safe from all those Romney-gaffes, I have no friends at all! I wonder if its because I obnoxiously bring up my yacht for no reason all the time?

    2. prommie

      Look at you, dyeing and straightening your hair, working out and cleaning! A girly-girl, who is opnionated, funny and has a foul mouth, and is married to someone else, thats a description of my dream-girl!

    3. miss_grundy

      Actually, he is a Newyorican, a New York Puerto Rican. He can't speak Spanish to save his life. I think he hates himself and it shows by the stupid stuff he says.

  19. samsuncle

    What is Geraldo hiding under his mustache…remains of his breakfast, semial fluid, e coli, santorum? And the answer is ……….

    1. Gleem McShineys

      There's a fallacious argument under there, which is attached to an ambulatory penis, which is attached to a parade-float, which is shaped like a moustache.

  20. SexySmurf

    Let's not forget he also had a can of ice tea. You know, ice tea, like the rapper who wanted to kill cops. Therefor if you drink ice tea people are going to perceive you as a cop killer.

  21. joshleefolsom

    Guns don't kill people, hoodies kill people. (And so do monkeys if they have a gun.)

  22. DaRooster

    I really never could understand the pants thing…
    If you wanna act like a gangster, take a look at the old Italian mob guys… track suits!! At least then you can fucking run!! With the baggy pants you gotta hold them up when you run… so you can only take one arm full of shit…

    Just sayin'.

    1. Fare la Volpe

      It's actually an effort to make your pants look heavy, as if to suggest you have weapons in your pockets weighing them down.

      Also shows that you're open to a little butt sex on the DL. Either one.

    2. Swampgas_Man

      I always thought it was related to having your belt and shoelaces removed when you go to prison.

  23. larryfinexx

    Wouldn't it make more sense to tell dark skinned children not to go out at all? Just stay at home and watch TV and drink grape soda, and you'll stay out of trouble.

    1. chicken_thief

      Betterz yet, can't we just ban "the coloredz" from having kids? I mean, other than the lady folk house servants having sex with their masters, they don't need to be having no sexy fun times, do they?

  24. ph7

    The Ku Klux Klan has been wearing Hoodies for 145 years. Who knew we had the right to stand our ground and shoot them this whole time?

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Why would you think that a hooded Klansman skulking around the neighborhood at night is up to no good?

  25. ManchuCandidate

    By that lojik, it's not the Iraqis who killed US America soldiers in Operation Iraq Liberation who are responsible for their deaths, but the douchebag who revealed their positions on Faux Newz while playing pretend war correspondent. Right Jerry?*

    *he was, but not for the silly argument I was trying to make… more along the lines of war supporter, shilling war propaganda to prop up the actual assholes who wanted the war in the first place.

  26. CivicHoliday

    Every time I see a news story about some CEO ripping off the American public for millions of dollars and ruining thousands of peoples lives, he is always wearing a 3-piece suit. Therefore, I will henceforth start stabbing everyone I see wearing business attire. Your fault not mine, you suspicious looking brooks brothers wearing fuckers!

    1. RadioStalingrad

      Great pull, EQ. Two things funny about that idiocy. First, he was digging up dirt as that's all they found in the vault. And then, his autobiography is called Exposing Myself.
      What an ass musket.

      1. ChessieNefercat

        Is an ass musket douchier than an asshat? I hope so, because it is becoming evident that "asshat" just is not strong enough for the stupid out there.

    2. bureaucrap

      If only, EQ. Being consistently wrong/mistaken/foolish/delusional is a resume-builder at FUXXED.

  27. spends2much

    Geraldo math:
    white lady+hoodie=going to yoga class
    dark skinned kid+hoodie=thug you can shoot on sight

    Whenever you wonder if some people can get even more loathesome, they always come through in the end.

    1. Boojum_Reborn

      Oh, but white lady+hoodie=going to yoga class = willing to have sex in that alley. Advanced math.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Nothing says "I'm all yours, baby!" like a hoodie. That's why they're banned in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

  28. SoBeach

    I have never, ever gotten shot while wearing my hoodie. Either I'm really lucky or I'm a middle aged white guy.

  29. C_R_Eature

    You know, if it's now acceptable to cold shoot someone because what they're wearing frightens you, then all I can say is all those Illinois Nazi's had better fucking stay home.

    1. Negropolis


      I've been saying all day that this whole thing can go both ways. If states are just going to cold legalize and legitimize vigilantism, well, us potential victims have to defend ourselves, too…

    1. Gleem McShineys

      This is why Darth Vader wanted to kill them… but … Darth Vader is black?

      So he can't be racist. I am getting the hang of this wingnut-think!

  30. Wilcoxyz

    Even if we could get all young black males to dress like Erkel, the Zimmermans of this world will still be carrying guns and 'afraid for their lives.'

    But by the same token, Geraldo, can a black person now fire on anyone in a klan robe and blame it on the scary hood? Obviously, the fear would be valid.

  31. Neoyorquino


    "Everyone! Begin changing yourself, in ways and manners both broad and seemingly insignificant. Someone else's delicate sensibilities are about to be offended by the mere fact of your existence, and for your own safety and protection, you need to do everything you can to make sure their fears and paranoia are not further aggravated."

    For a white guy, I've probably been giving off a cholo vibe with the shaved head and goatee. I should probably go clean-shaven on my face and grow out my hair. Now Geraldo, about how that porn-stache makes those around you feel . . . uncomfortable . . .

  32. Sassomatic

    "I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was."

    Gun wielding racist maniacs don't kill people, hoodies kill people, by being worn by them. Of course. I have a solution: force hoodie manufacturers to print a warning on the. MAY CAUSE DEATH BY SHOOTING*

    *Probably only if you are black

  33. MarionNYNY

    I feel sad about what Rivera has become. Once upon a time he was reporter exposing injustices and even helping to organize benefit concerts pre- we are the world. Before that he was, no shit, an activist, lawyer. Or maybe he was just a cynical pandering opportunist all along.

    1. elgin_pelican

      He spoke at my HS graduation. He was a consumer affairs reporter for WABC in New York. Used to be an actual human back in the day.

      1. MarionNYNY

        Yeah, but then he exposed conditions at Willowbrook, and became a big name and there was a benefit to raise funds for 1:1 care for the developmentally delayed and now shit John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Elton John among others were there at Madison Square Garden and I was IN high school and I was there or maybe I'm hallucinating the big crush I had on him when I was a tween. Jesus, couldn't have been the same guy, right?

    2. bureaucrap

      He probably decided at some point that for a couple million a year , sounding like a babbling idiot and being willing to hold yourself up to the ridicule of the masses was worth it. And I have to say, if someone offered me a couple million a year to sound like a moron, I'd half consider babbling all the way to the bank.

  34. flamingpdog

    I can't remember, when Geraldo was all over the Jon-Benet Ramsey murder case back in the day, did he blame it on her for wearing short skirts and lotsa eye-liner?

  35. SorosBot

    So wait, would someone be asking to be shot if they went outside in a three-piece tailored suit that costs thousands of dollars, because people would assume they're to buy up their company, destroy their jobs, make them lose their houses, and ultimately destroy the economy?

  36. WiscDad

    The preponderance of hoodies could not be because they've been a teen fashion statement for TWENTY FUCKING YEARS!!!! Nope…only 20 million gangstas wear them. Like my 3 teen kids. Every time you see them in the alcove at church, they're wearing a hoodie. Every time you see them stick up for each other when they're in trouble, they're wearing a hoodie. Every time you see them head out to scouts or music lessons, they're wearing a hoodie. Give me a fucking break.

    1. SorosBot

      Twenty? At least twenty-five; they were definitely big even when I was a preteen / early teen waaaaay back in the late 80s.

      1. WiscDad

        OK…I'll conceded that cause I don't really remember the 80's. Last I remember I was graduating high school in '79 then I woke up married in '96.

  37. MLite

    All those college kids running to class in their joe boxers and hoodies are incredibly threatening. It's amazing campuses haven't been shot up by vigilant neighbourhood watchmen!

      1. MLite

        While the system might have broken down in this situation, I think it's unfair to call him a "vigilante." I think the words Fox is using is "overzealous but conscientious."

  38. SoBeach

    Last time I saw a "dark skinned" kid in a hoodie in my neighborhood he was selling tickets to a car wash fundraiser for his high school club. I'm pretty sure none of the neighbors were grabbing their guns and calling 911.

    1. CivicHoliday

      Shit, my neighborhood GIRL SCOUT sold me cookies while wearing a hoodie this year. (It was a cold misty day so she even had it up over her head like a true gangsta)

  39. ttommyunger

    Geraldo, self-loathing half jew, half Puerto-Rican; complete idiot. His head is full of the same stuff as Al Capone's Vault.

  40. Biff

    I recently started wearing hoodies. If history is to repeat itself, the hoodie fashion craze should end in 3,2,1…

    1. flamingpdog

      590 Ameros for a freakin' hoodie???
      "A modal/cotton blend makes this Maison Martin Margiela hoodie light and soft, but it's about more than just being comfortable. Wear it with the hood on for an intelligently casual look; play with its zip-on design for a standout style that's sure to turn heads."

      That certainly turned my head. So I could vomit in the trash can instead in my lap.

      1. elviouslyqueer

        Yes, but for $590 you too can cop a standout gangsta 'tude complete with an insouciant "intelligently casual look."

      1. prommie

        In reality, I have only seen white boys out in public looking like that, are they imitating that Puff-Diddy person that I hear so much about?

  41. BornInATrailer

    He's got a point about clothing and profiling. Every time I, as a man in his late thirties, wears his old drug rug (with hood) that maybe fits a little more snugly these days ..I get called a ridiculous tool. I'm not imagining this.

    1. prommie

      I, as a man in my 50s (sob) wear a drug rug, and its a new one, and I have never heard anyone call me a ridiculous tool. They must whisper, or wait till I am far enough away.

  42. widestanceromance

    It wouldn't be very nice to speculate about how Zimmerman will find prison life, would it?

  43. hagajim

    I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies Geraldo to not go out with that God awful mustache. Fixed.

  44. carlgt1

    how about we pre-emptively strike guys with Snidely Whiplash mustaches, as they must be evil-doers who tie innocent women to train-tracks etc. Sorry Geraldo!

  45. Eve8Apples

    I have the same reaction to old white guys in suits. Something about them just screams fraudulent fascists who destroy innocents to make money. Makes me want to pop their assess.

  46. JustPixelz

    In fairness, Zimmerman did shoot the hoodie. He can't be responsible for where the bullet went next.

    1. Gleem McShineys

      In fact, he is a good samaritan. You see, he was trying to save the poor boy who was literally being eaten by the fiendish hoodie. It was the the bullet that overreacted, understandably, though.

  47. GunToting[Redacted]

    Apparently the Neighborhood Watch Association in "Hot Fuzz" was on to something.

  48. WiscDad

    The preponderance of hoodies could not be because they've been a teen fashion statement for TWENTY FUCKING YEARS!!!! Nope…only 20 million gangstas wear them. Like my 3 teen kids. Every time you see them in the alcove at church, they're wearing a hoodie. Every time you see them stick up for each other when they're in trouble, they're wearing a hoodie. Every time you see them head out to scouts or music lessons, they're wearing a hoodie. Give me a fucking break.

  49. ElPinche

    It's like saying wear a mustache that looks like a rodent carcass or you'll get mouth-raped.

  50. ElPinche

    It's like saying wearing a mustache that looks like a rodent carcass will get you mouth-raped.

    1. RadioStalingrad

      I'm too lazy to look it up, but wasn't Pillow slouching towards Wasilla in a hoodie when Palin rolled her eyes at that teacher?

      1. Blueb4sunrise

        I had that mental image too, but only made one google attempt myself. This one works on a number of levels.

  51. mrblifil

    Now I'm questioning if I should have left the house with my weighted knuckle rings, gold rope chains, platinum bridgework and Huggie Bear pimp leisure suit. It is James O'Keefe Appreciation Day right?

  52. RadioStalingrad

    Hey, did Layne take all the Wonkette hoodies before turning over the keys to the car?

  53. Biel_ze_Bubba

    I'm sure Bill Belichick will take his off, now that Geraldo has pointed out this hazard.

  54. Ruhe

    Just today I was wondering which Fox/Limbaugh axis dumbass would be the first to even dare to say something about this case. But then I thought "no, they can't. This is just too sad. They won't possibly try to…" Then Geraldo jumps in. Well, now that one of them is in it up to his surgically tightened wattle I hope they're all in. I hope that everyone from Rush to lil Sarah! is inspired to share with us the insights into American culture they've gained from reviewing this obvious case of community policing being undermined by urban fashion choices. This was nothing more than a wardrobe malfunction, i.e., if you're "urban" you might want to dress more "rural" just to be safe.

  55. bureaucrap

    We used to joke that there was a "fashion police" capable of imposing the death penalty (back in the day, the crimes were velour tracksuits and neon green anything, but I see that neon green is making a comeback). It seems to me, however, that if the fashion police is real, their decisions should come out of New York, Paris or Milan, not Sanford FL.

    In any case, I'm going to stick to Ralph Lauren (nee Lipschitz) from now on. Kitschy, but safe.

  56. rambone

    Good thing the general public isn't afraid of sellout Latino Uncle Tomás-es who sport molester-moustaches or Geraldo could never leave the house.

  57. Toomush_Infer

    But….he is kind of right….I mean….I have an "instant reaction" every time I see Geraldo on TV…….

  58. DCBloom

    Oh for fucks sake… my mother gave my brothers the same shpeil about boys with long hair. back in the 60's

  59. AlaskaGrrl

    I think this demands an in depth, patented, Gerardo – get- the- facts investigative reporting piece. 'Ol Gerry needs to put on a hoodie and go walking around Florida neighborhoods and see if this is really true! Maybe in Zimmerman's neighborhood.

  60. rambone

    You know the old Johnny Cash song, ‘Don’t take your gun to town, son. Leave your gun at home.’

    If only Johny Cash had written a song encouraging people to leave their hoodies at home, Trayvon might be alive today.

    Or, I dunno, maybe if Zimmerman had listened to the song Cash actually wrote, and left the fucking gun at home.

    Also, too, I liked the uncomfortable look on Geraldo's face when he recited the lyrics and it slowly dawned on him that he was a hairs-breadth away from accidentally blaming the shooter, instead of the victim, thereby suggesting that it may not be a good idea for every borderline mental defective with delusions of adequacy to drive around packing heat.

  61. Flat_Earther

    Hoods are reserved for certain venerable Southern organizations to wear. Black people should never wear hoods, particularly in the South.

  62. Flat_Earther

    On second thought…

    Maybe Geraldo is right. Black people have been killed in the South because of hoodies since the 1860s. Granted it was mostly white people wearing the hoodie, but it was black people that were dying. There is a correlation between dead black people and hoodies.

  63. Swampgas_Man

    People see/hear an asshole making stupid, racist comments and what's the instant reaction? Fox News.

    But Gerry Rivers can't be racist, because he's hispanic, as he tells his "dark-skinned son" all the time.

  64. anniegetyerfun

    So, Geraldo will be cool with it if someone shoots his son because his son is clearly asking for it? I feel sorry for that kid.

  65. Dr. Nick Riviera

    Also: Lincoln's hat to blame for assassination! Folks, can you really blame Booth? What kind of dick goes to a theater with a foot tall hat!?

  66. Negropolis

    Geraldo Rivera: Trayvon Martin’s Hoodie ‘Is Responsible’ For His Death

    Shorter: If those race-sluts didn't dress that way, they wouldn't be getting shot.

    I'll remember that next time I see a Klan rally…

  67. ChessieNefercat

    "Its crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone stick up a 7-Eleven, the kid is wearing a hoodie."

    And yet, Geraldo, you fucking jackass, the actual convenience store clerk who had to muster up his courage to sell skittles and iced tea to a kid dressed like every other kid his age didn't feel a need to shoot the kid dead!

    No, some asshole with a gun, in a truck, followed the kid, who didn't put his hood up until he felt threatened by the creep who was stalking him. Said asshole then murdered the kid in cold blood. Fifteen robberies in the neighborhood? That poor kid had every reason to fear Zimmerman and his creepy, menacing, aggressive behavior, not the other way around.

  68. chaz11222

    Blame the Hoodie? GIVE ME A BREAK. It was raining …. the kid was running …..and being stalked …….and ….SORRY, but we don't ALL use Totes umbrellas when going to the corner grocery store for a snack. Nor should we risk losing our very lives while doing so! Mr. Rivera: you should be ashamed of your inane, insensitive comments about Trayvon, and your attempts to create "excuses" for the inexcusable actions of judge-jury-and-executioner George Zimmerman (and those that would imitate him). We are becoming a society that seeks and sees threats under every rock; a frightened society that sees danger with every “other” that is not just like us;  a manipulated society with control-freaks running rampant (whether politicians or mayors or police chiefs or individuals). Power-hungry people that are only too eager to take advantage of our fears; that are only too eager to get away with anything and everything that they can, that are only too willing to deprive us of our our liberty (and sometimes our lives)…..all in the name of defending it. What a shell game. But were it only a game. For it includes the worst provisions of the Patriot Act, the police spying on innocent people, papers-please and stop&frisk gone wild, the “right” to indefinitely detain Americans without trial, and out-of-control homicidal vigilantes such as we have tragically seen here. It’s a slippery slope that ultimately leads to a police state/Orwellian mentality that is more typical of places such as China or Cuba – NOT the America that I know and love. We USED to stand proud and free, and contrasted our open society to such sorry places. Now we imitate them. Our country is better than this. Our values are better than this. WE are better than this. Don’t blame the hoodie……blame what we are becoming, and allowing, and doing as a society. As Shakespeare once said: the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves. For we have come to accept things that should NEVER be accepted by a freedom-loving people. It’s time… it’s way past time, to have the strength and courage to reverse course.

  69. fitley

    I'm sure before the cops answer the phone and Zimmerman is on the line, they see the caller ID and say "That fucking dildo Zimmerman is calling again, who wants to pick up"?

  70. Greta_Garbage

    geraldo resembles the cowardly lion from the wizard of oz. should we shoot him now before he makes it safely back to kansas?

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