Blaming Trayvon Martin's Hoodie for His Murder Is Disgusting (VIDEO)

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geraldo riveraGeraldo Rivera, the other guy with the mustache other than Tom Selleck, went on Fox & Friends this morning to give his take on the Trayvon Martin case. Beg your pardon, his "different take" on the Trayvon Martin case, as he calls it. After explaining that he thinks George Zimmerman should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if he's found criminally liable, Geraldo goes on to urge parents of black and Latino youngsters to not let their kids go out wearing hoodies. Because, you know, they're hoodies. They're evil. But that's not even the bad part. Geraldo followed up that statement with this gem: "I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman was."

Geraldo remains that the piece of fabric should be blamed because it "allowed someone to respond in this irrational, overzealous way." Hear that, folks? Guess it's cool to start blaming provocatively dressed women for their rapes, too.

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Because kids in hoodies and women in short skirts are kind of asking for it, you know.

Call me old fashioned, but I believe that if people are going around shooting kids in hoodies and raping women in red lipstick, the kids in hoodies and the women in red lipstick aren't the problem.

The self-appointed vigilante who murdered Trayvon, who stalked him despite being told not to, then pulled out a gun and shot him, is to blame. Not some sweatshirt with an extra piece that hangs off the back of the neck. Not some sweatshirt that almost everyone has in their closet. Not some sweatshirt that people wear in rainy weather, like Trayvon.

What do you think of Geraldo's comments?


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Valda... ValdaThomas

Guess the one piece hoodie/bikini won't be popular this season...

MrsCh... MrsChurch

Total bullshit. Geraldo is such an ignoramus. Plus, it was RAINING at the time. Trayvon shouldn't have been protecting himself against the elements because some psycho might think the wrong thing? Not fair. The hoodie had absolutley NOTHING to do with this poor boy's murder.

Brooke Williams

OMG the kid was out in the rain...reason #1 to put up a hood on a hoodie!

vamom08 vamom08

He need to shut up he is a teenager thats what teenagers wear so if he was walking around In a suit and tie on he would have been okay him and george need to be locked up.

nonmember avatar Anon

I would not have used the same words, but I would as a parent discourage the hoodie. Sorry. I would rather my child have to conform in an insignificant way than be a target. I don't blame the hoodie but the boy would probably be alive if he were not wearing it. Alive trumps hoodie freedom in my book.

scary... scaryfairy81

Fondly remembering the time Geraldo got punched in the nose on his old daytime talk show....ahhh, those were the days. Must have jarred his brain and the effects are showing now, saying a young man's choice in outerwear is partially to blame for his murder, he must not be thinking straight.

zandh... zandhmom2

Some of the things that man says really is off the wall crap.  He also full heartily believes that Casey Anthony is innocent.  

nonmember avatar Havva

Say what!? My parents were very, very conservative and I owned a tonne of hoodie growing up. Wasn't even my idea, mom bought them. Now I own a ton for my baby girl. She wears a hoodie most days. I love them, probably for the same reason my mom made me wear them. Keeps the kid warm, covers the head when needed, no hat to loose.
How on earth did it become even remotely reasonable to assume a person wearing a hoodie was scary?

AliNo... AliNoelle

It's like blaming a woman for being raped if she wears a provacative outfit. What a dipshit.

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